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Trentman House

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1969, Hugh Newell Jacobsen. 1350 27th St. NW
  • Trentman House (Franz Jantzen)

Modern yet respectful of its historic environment, Hugh Newell Jacobsen's design represents an alternative to the Colonial and Federal Revival in-fill houses constructed in Georgetown well into the 1960s. In an era of Postmodernism and contextualism, the Trentman house demonstrates that a structure in the modern style can enhance a historic area as well as a building decked in architectural fragments copied from its neighbors.

Jacobsen employed burgundy brick and dark gray slate; the ground-floor openings for the entrance door and garage are recessed segmental archways. The three large windows of the first story project from the wall plane with convex brick embrasures. The nine windows at the second story are in long narrow recesses. At the rear of the building's sloping roof, four narrow windows admit natural light to the third-floor rooms. The interior is starkly modern, with a floor plan arranged around two circular stair towers rising the height of the house.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Trentman House", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 408-409.

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