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Meridian Hill Studio

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1922, George Oakley Totten, Jr. 2633 15th St. NW

Totten's design of a small apartment complex for Mrs. Henderson in 1922 was horizontal and sprawling in contrast to contemporaneous high-rise apartments, undertaken by professional developers, that were close to it. E-shaped, with two- to three-story gabled wings, its composition and detailing were derived from French vernacular architecture but influenced by the picturesque planning principles of the English Arts and Crafts movement. The reinforced-concrete wall construction was prefabricated on the site, with each wall segment poured into forms and then raised into place, a technique developed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Meridian Hill Studio", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-MH21.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 311-311.

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