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1981–1983, Swaney Kerns Architects. 1915 I St. NW
  • 1915 I St. NW

Rather than building a modern but compatible eight-story addition behind a small, four-story apartment house, the architects stepped back each new story with a roofline that matches the shape and materials of the original one. The award-winning design was described as a “Tudor facade and its four echoes” as well as a “simple, witty solution” to the need to expand office space while preserving the appearance of the original building. 40 At the lower level, the curved walls define a two-story indoor/outdoor space suitable for a restaurant or cafe.

Notes

"Awards Update," Progressive Architecture 64 (March 1983): 36.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Office Building", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-DW20.

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 228-228.

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