Dupont Circle Mansion, the Historic Patterson House, to be Converted into 92 Small Apartments, to be very Car-free Friendly

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Interesting info about the transformation coming to the Patterson House in Dupont Circle from Short Articles about Long Meetings:

“More unusual are the promises to do the following:

designate a transportation management coordinator
provide a screen in a public area showing transit options
have a bicycle repair facility
provide free Capital Bikeshare memberships for non-bike-owners “for the initial term of the lease for the first five years the building is open”
have a minimum of 10 bicycle helmets on hand for resident use
give free membership to car-share services “for the initial term of the lease for the first five years the building is open”.”

You can read more about the long meeting here.

Previously Urban Turf reported:

“The new plan for the historic mansion calls for just over 90 fully-furnished studios that would average about 350 square feet. The first floor of the mansion, located at 15 Dupont Circle NW, would become shared space for the building’s residents to offset the size of the apartments.”

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  • Holy hell. How did the nimbeys ever let this happen? Sounds great, tho.

  • 350 sq feet per apt and a large shared space on the first floor and you can’t have a car? sounds like an on-campus dorm.

  • I LOVE this car free friendly concept!! It really incentivizes people to go carless and fully depend on public transit, bikes, and their own two legs. Hoping many other apartments/condos follow this lead.

  • So, it’s a 90 person group house? (“shared space for the building’s residents to offset the size of the apartments.”)
    How very Dupont Circle, I guess.

  • Oh man I want one of these so bad.

  • One interesting point is that they won’t have any parking (will need a variance to not have any at all) and promised that residents would not be allowed to have parking zone stickers to be able to park on neighboring streets (an interesting idea, if allowed by the powers that be). I personally would kill myself in 350sf, but I can see how it could be a very cool option for a kid right out of college with a first time job and an active social life away from home.

  • It will be filled with SAIS students.

  • Exposed Brick DC

    The micro-apartment trend seems to slowly be making its way here.

  • This is the future folks. Get rid of your cars!

    • or rather, if you don’t have a car, don’t get one.

      theres still of a lot of dc with plenty of parking, and not great transit.

    • Think a little deeper. I paid 36k in DC taxes last year and to produce that income I have to use my car to travel within DC and VA. I could live in VA instead, but I choose to be in DC. It doesn’t bother me, however I resent uneducated statements about vehicle ownership and necessity.

      • That’s cool, I paid a whole lot of DC income tax too but to produce that income I have to use buses and trains to travel within DC and VA. I could live in VA instead, but I choose to be in DC.

  • perfect for many lifestyles, despite the naysayers.

  • People who can afford to live here are not going to want to share a bike helmet.

    • I can’t afford to live there and I still don’t want to share a bike helmet.

    • lovefifteen

      It’s probably just a measure to appease the selfish NIMBYs who probably did everything they could to stop this place from existing.

  • Living right on Dupont Circle. Can’t wrap my head around that.

    It does sound like dorm living, but the rent has got to be pretty high. What would it be? $1200 ?? $1500?

  • Sounds horrible. Basically, a beautiful mansion will end up as a frat house…

  • Honestly, I would have gone for something like this when I first moved here from college. This is the ideal living situation for someone with their first real job: a small personal space (but no sharing a bathroom/kitchen), lots of opportunities to meet your neighbors, and a safe amenity-rich neighborhood with good public transit. As long as the prices aren’t insane this is a great idea and something we need more of in DC.

  • Apparently, the average PopVille commenter has never traveled long-term for work, or have been embedded in a client site. Look, these are going to be apartments rented to professionals who are located on-site at clients in DC like the World Bank, law firms, etc. I’m willing to bet it’ll be almost exclusively lawyers, IT consultants, communications professionals and financial types. They’ll likely rent out for $3,000 a month, which sounds expensive until you realize a hotel room would cost between $200 to $300 a night, and if you’re on-site M-F every week all month, that comes out to $4,000 to $6,000 a month, plus taxes (and that’s if you don’t stay over weekends). And 350 sq ft. is the same size as a typical hotel room.

    • There are a few AKA extended stay apartment/hotels in and around DC that seem to cater to such a clientele. However, given the Dupont location, I’m expecting more rentals to rich kids doing “internships” on the Hill and around DC. It’s good the building will be put to productive use, but questionable as to whether “executive stay” will really translate into good/quiet neighbors.

  • I wonder if they’ll be hiring an angry lady to stand on the steps shaming people and shaking her umbrella at them for owning cars.

  • lovefifteen

    This is fantastic. I have no idea why people are calling it gross. This will give 90 people exactly what they need.

  • I think Cissy Patterson is turning over in her grave.

    • At least Cissy will have room in her grave to turnover. I doubt the new residents of this place will have that luxury.

  • Prediction: small apartments will become the new small plates in 2015.

  • This is a shame. If you have never been in the building, you really should go before they gut it–it is BEAUTIFUL. There is no way they will be able to keep the historic details and turn this into 90+ apartments. We had our wedding there almost 10 years ago and this makes me really sad–the organization was not well run so membership had fallen off and now they are just going to sell a truly historic building.

    BTW, who really thinks anyone is going to police the no-car, ultra biking communcity promises? DCRA can’t even enforce when people buy properties that have riders requiring that it be purchased only by those will make it a primary residence, let alone those who don’t comply with building restrictions. Hope some other agency with a lot of time on its hands will be responsible for this one…

  • This is a shame. If you have never been in the building, you really should go before they gut it–it is BEAUTIFUL. There is no way they will be able to keep the historic details and turn this into 90+ apartments. We had our wedding there almost 10 years ago and this makes me really sad–the organization was not well run so membership had fallen off and now they are just going to sell a truly historic building.

    BTW, who really thinks anyone is going to police the no-car, ultra biking community promises? DCRA can’t even enforce when people buy properties that have riders requiring that it be purchased only by those will make it a primary residence, let alone those who don’t comply with building restrictions. Hope some other agency with a lot of time on its hands will be responsible for this one…

    • I agree. I find this to be a complete waste of a beautiful historic site. People argue about saving hideous 70s architecture (like Murry’s on H St), but then when a gorgeous, actually historic mansion is going to be gutted and turned into trendy apartments everyone thinks it’s great. Just such a shame that another beautiful example of architecture is going to bite the dust.

      • “People argue about saving hideous 70s architecture (like Murry’s on H St)”

        no one did in seriousness.
        what people did argue about was to maintain shopping options for people with low incomes.

      • the nattering nabobs of historic preservation only care about preserving exterior details and do not care if people desecrate interior space. They are content with Potemkin villages.

    • I’m all for historic details, but what would you prefer happen with the building that would keep it intact? I’m not being snarky. As a neighbor I always walk by thinking what they’ll do with it since it’s no longer a private social club.

      • Yeah, agree with the original poster that it’s a shame for this to be chopped up into a bunch of micro-apartments. It is a pretty grand interior. Wished something like the National Trust for Historic Preservation (around the corner from this building) could have bought it and preserved it. At least in won’t end up like those string of row houses near the Tabbard Inn that still remain empty and boarded up.

  • This is a great concept, but I can’t figure out how they’ll divide this building into 350 sq ft units without completely ripping out the interior (lots of large, grand, ballrooms), which would be a terrible waste.

  • I’m sure there’s SOMEBODY this would work for, but it seems like poor use of a very beautiful building. Seems like it would quickly devolve into a high-rent hostel. And I can afford my own bike helmet, thanks.

  • justinbc

    I’ve always wondered what this building was being used for, as I never saw a single person go in our come out of it. I would love to see the floor plans for how they intend to divide this thing up, it seems like many of the units wouldn’t even have windows in its current state. My biggest concern if I were paying to live here would be the extreme amount of noise generated right at the Circle. I’ve never been walking through Dupont without hearing a constant barrage of car horns, there’s no way I could sleep through that.

  • If you take the time to look at the plans, the reason they will get 90+units is because they are demolishing the later addition to the rear and erecting a tower. That is how they will keep the bulk of the important spaces in the mansion intact.

    • justinbc

      “if you take the time to look at the plans”
      ——————–
      Do you have a link? They aren’t contained in the article referenced here.

  • Guess that would help. I’ve seen them in person and assumed they’d be easily located online. But alas, they don’t seem to be. Here is a link to a rendering: http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/patterson_house_design_gets_anc_approval_units_wont_have_parking/8134

    Here is a link to the HPRB case report that describes the project: http://1.usa.gov/1m86I0G (shortened with bitly)

  • who would want to live in the cluster that is DuPont Circle? I can just imaginge trying to get around that area and having to walk around the circle every day to get anywhere. No thanks

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