New Condos & Church for Dupont DC's Church Street
1772 Church Street NW DC 20036
An arson-burned church and vacant adjacent lot will become new condominiums and house of worship on Church Street NW DC.
Planned is the addition of a new 53-unit, 7-story, 50,000 SF condominium building to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church site, on adjacent parcel (approx. 2-thirds of the total site) sold to developer, along with redesign/build of historic church in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.
Included in the design plans are private roof terraces for four PH units.
The church (c. 1894) was destroyed by fire in the 1970s and will be rebuilt with a new design according to project plans approved by ANC2B in July 2014, with support for a resolution by the Dupont Circle Conservancy, which asked for higher-quality materials and better understanding of the manner in which the structure will blend with existing properties on 18th Street and a request that architects try to reduce the mass of the condominium component adjacent to townhomes on Church Street, increasing height more gradually from the east to west.
Accordingly, the developer reduced the mass approx. 3000 SF and shifted the bulk of its design to the 18th Street end of the project and the rear alley in late summer 2014.
1772 Church Design
The project has been designed as two separate abutting buildings above grade, one residential building that incorporates the parish hall on Church Street, and the new church which will face 18th Street.The street elevation of the residential building has been composed in three distinct sections:
- The parish hall (existing structure to be retained with two floors added above), set back from from Church Street
- The Cloister Entrance (also retained, with five additional floors added above)
- Main block of the new condominiums of six stories at the front property line and an additional set back seventh floor, brick-clad so as to relate to the parish hall.
Through a series of setbacks from the Church Street elevation and the eastern property line, the building’s height would be 69’-5”; the penthouse would rise an additional 10’-6”. The penthouse level is proposed to combine mechanical equipment and outdoor space for the 7th floor PH units. The parish hall façade will be retained, as will most side walls, floor and roof. The rear elevation and a small portion at the rear of the main block are expected to be removed, along with the stairs behind the cloister.