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More Info and Renderings of Art Gallery Coming to 1830 14th St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm 5 Comments

Bill Smith an architect with StudioSmith, LLC was kind enough to share some info and renderings for the new art gallery moving into the old L and N Thrift Store Space at 1830 14th St, NW (just south of T St.) He writes:

The new space will consist of an art gallery in the front half, with shows that feature local artists. The rear half of the space will feature a gallery/studio space for the painter Regina Miele (Raven Arts currently located above Bar Pilar) and her framing business as well. The original storefront is being restored and the interior will consist of modular translucent panels that will be on tracks, allowing for the flexibility of the space to be used for art events, possibly drawing/painting classes and work spaces.

Following renderings from StudioSmith, LLC:

  • anonymous

    “allowing for the flexibility of the space to be used for art events, possibly drawing/painting classes and work spaces.”

    excellent! open drawing sessions with models, please!

  • Anonymous

    just curious. how many of you people buy art from galleries in dc?

    • Anonymous

      survey says…..

  • Archictecture buff

    Sounds like a meritorious project and profound improvement over the current use. Though, I’d quibble with the notion that the front is being “restored”. “Restored” to what. I bet the original layout was with a large bay with nice transom and grand front door that is seemingly being separted for exclusive use of upstairs tenant. Couldn’t the architect have payed a little homeage to that? But, again, a nice feature for the neighborhood altogether.

    • StudioSmith

      What is being restored is the original masonry opening on the front of the building. This is obvious from the interior of the space. The new storefront will fill out the original large opening. The original arched doorway, which is now the entry to the upstairs space, was an open air vestibule with entrances to both the upstairs and downstairs spaces. The exterior bulkhead above the current first floor door and window is a later addition, and will be removed in this renovation. It is not known if a bay was part of the original design. The proportions of the new storefront will hint at the possibility of a bay opening, with transom windows above. Unfortunately in this project, the access to the second floor could not be touched.


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