Planned 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. Then, in mid-fall 2014, trimmed another 1000 SF.
In addition to these design tweaks, twice postponed HRPB presentations on the project (2014) and a December 2014 Dupont ANC presentation further delayed approval of the project.
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 5 additional floors added above) Main block of the new condominiums of 6 stories at front property line and an additional set back 7th floor, brick-clad 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.
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