Restoration of Historic Codman Carriage House in Dupont Circle Begins

by Prince Of Petworth November 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm 10 Comments

rendering courtesy of Rock Creek Property Group

From a press release:

“Rock Creek Property Group breaks ground this week on the restoration of the landmarked Codman Carriage House in Dupont Circle. Located at 1415 22nd Street, NW, the building sits at a prime connection point between two of DC’s most storied and established neighborhoods – Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

Architect Ogden Codman, Jr. originally designed the carriage house for his socialite cousin, Martha. Martha Codman spent the winters in the District in her nearby mansion. The location of the carriage house near the entrance to Rock Creek Park proved the perfect location for her stable.

Due to the building’s DC landmark status as well as its location next to Rock Creek Park, the proposed plans were reviewed by both the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Commission of Fine Arts. “Our goal with this property is to bring it back to life. After years of neglect, the original grandeur of the architecture was lost,” says Rock Creek Principal Gary Schlager, adding that the building is scheduled to deliver in April 2017.

To preserve the property’s intended design, the original carriage house doors will be replicated, the façade repaired, certain windows will be restored and others replaced in a manner sensitive to the property’s historic nature.

To create a modern interior, skylights will be integrated into the building on the second floor, and soaring 10- to 15-foot ceilings will open up the space. Additionally, at the rear of the property there will be a large roof deck, accessed by the second floor. The property’s façade is currently covered by a concrete wall addition that was added in the 1940s, when it became a tire and car shop. To open up the front and expose more natural light, the building will feature a glass NanaWall system stretching through most of the property’s street front.

OTJ Architects designed the project. Eichberg Construction will serve at the general contractor. “Given the historic nature of the Codman Carriage House, we put together a strong team with a creative eye and attention to detail that would work to both preserve and enhance this property,” says Schlager.

Rock Creek plans to lease the property and is looking for the right tenant to occupy the new space. Featuring nearly 10,000 square feet spanning two floors, the property is ideal for either retail or office tenants looking for unique loft space in a restored and modernized historic building. Schlager further commented, “In the end, we came up with a design that works equally well for both retailers and office users. The interior of the building plans very efficiently and delivers that rare, but highly desired, marriage where old meets new in an exciting, unexpected way.”

  • atlascesar

    this, along with the condos going up across the street where the service station currently is, will likely close two lanes on this block for construction once things get underway. possibly both sidewalks too, since DDOT doesn’t really care about that sort of thing. combine that with that block being used heavily by commuters getting to rock creek parkway in the evening… should be fun.

    • Anon

      The developer just tabled those plans given significant pushback from the HPRB/HPO, so I’m hoping that there won’t be too much of a problem given the relatively low scale of construction on the carriage house.

    • HPO pretty much said exactly what those of us in the neighborhood who oppose the plan for 2200 did. Just because you can do something does not mean that you should. Dupont lost countless historic treasures over the course of decades due to greed, ignorance, and sometimes capricious or malicious approvals. Dupont’s lower density is one of its most distinguishing and desirable characteristics. It must not be ruined.

      • dcjpad

        “Dupont’s lower density”? Lower than what? It’s among the highest-density neighborhoods in the District, as well it should be. The Sunoco station site in its current state is an eyesore, and I believe the immediate neighborhood — where I live, too — would be enhanced by the redevelopment of the site and the addition of a residential building that incorporates a restored Sunoco building..

      • Colin

        Thanks NIMBY! Of course the only treasure that would have been lost are the gas pumps as the actual service station would have been preserved and moved.

  • LoganDweller

    Rendering looks good. Much better than how it looks now.

  • spookiness

    Former Badlands. Damn I”m old. Good times though.

  • meh

    As a frequenter of what was then Apex, I can’t believe I never even realized this was a historic carriage house building! Alcohol will do that, I suppose. I just had to give it a look on Google Maps to compare.

  • Getoffmylawn

    I’m a fan of progress for sure and this will look nice but I can’t help but sigh a little at the thought of another former gay institution becoming a sterilized office/retail building. It’ll be all over when Crew Club becomes a Benihana.

    I’m also curious about the foot traffic on that part of the block being able to support retail.

    Anyway, so so so many memories from back in the day in that place during the glory days of the DC gay scene. (pre-stonewall kickball era for sure!)

  • AMDCer

    I’m just glad to see that it is going to be thoughtfully redesigned/reused. Every time I pass it I lament that horrible concrete block that is stuck on the front of it.


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