Location
Washington, DC

Client
Monument Realty, LLC

Service Type

Project Type

Size
60,000 sf

Completion
2005

The design of Dumbarton Place began with the beauty of the floor plates. In most office buildings, the distance from core to skin is usually too large and therefore inefficient for residential spaces. These floor plates, in contrast, actually worked perfectly for a condo conversion. The efficiency of the six “perfect” 10,000 square foot floor plates worked out in such a way that there are four 6th floor units at just under 2,500 sf each; sixteen mid-floor units at 1,800 sf each and eight at 1,500 sf each; and eight 1st floor units ranging from 770 sf to 1,200 sf. Hickok Cole Architects designed many of the units with a diagonal entrance hall, lengthening the views into the units and through the corner windows overlooking Rock Creek Park.

The hardwood floors are laid on a diagonal to help resolve the diagonal entrance hall to the orthogonal unit layout. One of the three existing elevators was removed, utilizing the resulting empty shaft for vertical distribution of mechanical and electrical service and installation of a new trash chute.

To appeal to its target market of affluent empty nesters returning to the city, Dumbarton Place reflects Stability through solid masonry and concrete while echoing the architectural language of nearby embassies. In a city where parking is at an absolute premium, the 36-unit condominium conversion boasts 99 parking spaces, which translates to two spaces per condo (that’s 72) with the remaining six spaces allotted to the penthouse units; the additional 21 spaces were sold to the public. The building ran through the Commission of Fine Arts with only minor changes to the solid, modernized Classic design. Many units have a gas fireplace as well as corner jetted tubs with separate shower stalls. All of the units feature high-end kitchen appliances, chair rail moldings, built-in bookcases and granite countertops. Sun rooms convert to full balconies, capitalizing on the scenic views. The design of the bright new residential presence in place of where a lackluster office building once stood befits its one-of-a-kind location in the District.

Awards

2006 Associated Builders and Contractors, Metro Washington and VA Chapters, Certificate of Merit, Excellence in Construction
2006 MD/DC NAIOP Award of Excellence, Best Urban Renovation
2005 Washington Business Journal “Best Real Estate Deals” Award, Best Renovation
2005 Delta Associates Award for Excellence, Best Adaptive Reuse Condominium Project in Washington, DC