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  • Wow, thumbs way up. Looks beautiful

  • That is pretty classy. And it looks period-appropriate, which seems hard to accomplish.

    I assume the interiors were totally changed.

  • i talked to some of the workers who said it was 6 – 8 months until completion. they are taking their sweet time.

  • It’s a remarkable transformation. Hopefully on the inside, they’re completing whatever environmental cleanup might be necessary. I’ve heard scary stories about chemical contamination in former funeral homes.

    • A common thought in construction is a project can be Three Things: Fast, Quality or Low-cost. You can only achieve two. If they’re saying that there are still 6 months to go, seems like they’ve chosen quality and low-cost. If you want it fast and low-cost, it will turn out low-quality. Unless you’re a 1% bazillionaire, then you get whatever you want.

  • two thumbs way up.

  • Its amazing when someone with taste takes over a building

  • It looks great.
    Do we know the intended name of the finished project?
    I hope it isn’t something obvious like “The Frazier” – it should be “The Crypt” or something like that.

    • These will be expensive, but it’s basically like living above a parking lot combined with a highway.

      I hope this place has 1″ thick windows to block out the noise. I’d never be able to sleep here.

      • i feel the same way about Connecticut avenue and Wisconsin avenue.

        • Eh, Connecticut is totally dead at night. Massachusetts is louder, but the large apartment buildings are set back much further from the street than Frazier House and Mass Ave is a lot wider.

          Living in this house means having every person from MD who goes out to U Street or Dupont Circle on the weekend driving by your house at 3am. Also, nearly every delivery truck coming into the city from MD will be cruising by here. No thanks.

          • figby

            The ambulances from Howard University Hospital constantly tear up and down this stretch of road. It’s also a busy bus route. Still — even with the creepy history and traffic and no parking, I bet they sell like crazy.

          • a developer that has invested this much on the exterior of a building is going to be going for top dollar… do you really think they would risk not putting adequate sound insulation in these places?

      • Agree with the point about noise. In addition to the traffic, which includes lots of emergency vehicles and buses, there is a great deal of holleration on the sidewalks near this building. Until recently, I lived nearby.

    • It should be called the Ali-Frazier with a big boxing mural on the lobby walls and a Ben’s Chili Bowl concept restaurant on the first floor.

      How ’bout THAT!?!

  • It looks great … but I could never live there even if you paid me.

  • This looks really nice!

  • ledroittiger

    Nice job! Do they have basement units? I hope not.

  • Looks good, but I wonder, with all the money they are spending to renovate anyway, why not add on another floor or 2?

  • Exterior renovation looks absolutely stunning! It is a huge improvement for that block. I assume it’s going to be condos? Doubt I would want to sleep there at night!

  • They did an amazing job, but from the photos I cannot tell how they did it. Did they paint the stones to look like brick?

  • Looks ugly both ways.


  • First of all, who the heck wants to walk up all those steps? Seems like it would be a pain to move in. Secondly, like everyone already stated, this is a horrible location noise-wise with all the party-goers passing by weekends, truck deliveries, crackheads arguing, buses and transients. Its literally sitting on top of the street. I always thought this would be much better for some type of commercial/office property.

  • Thumbs down. I actually think the formstone gave the buliding more character. The new windows and removing the shades make the most difference (as well as picture angle). The red brick appearance goes hand in hand with the wash, rinse, and repeat developing going on in the city currently. However the change in color is a bit necessary though to distance the building a little from its past as a funeral home.

  • Time for United Planning Organization to redevelop the old safeway and parking lot into a great urban building, and for the City to come in and redesign that awful mess of streets into a proper and functioning traffic circle with a big park in the middle. Oh, and, really, we could do with one or two fewer gas stations. If all that happened, this building would fit in nicely.

  • To end the speculation. The developer choose quality and craft over speed and low cost. Everything has been done top notch and I mean top notch. The interior was completely gutted since it’s prior use, 1917-2008 was as a funeral home on the basement and first floor…the second floor was two apartments. The owner kept what items remained of the earliest incarnation of the building, 1891 and has restored those elements, they will be put back into the building. However, the building evolved over time and so elements from other time periods have also been restored, i.e. the canopy on Rhode Island Ave is circa 1927, the addition on the alley side of the building is circa 1938. Originally, built in 1891 this was three row houses, at one point there was a real estate office in one of the units, then in 1917 all three were combined to make the original Fraizer’s. The original architect was Charles Burden, who also designed the two houses on 4th Street just north of the empty lot…he is also credited with an amazing row of houses on North Carolina Ave, SE in the unit block…worth going to see.

    This latest incarnation will be 6 two bedroom, two bathroom room apartments.

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