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La Renaissance (Kenesaw)

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Kenesaw
1903, George W. Stone, Sr. 3060 16th St. NW

The importance of the original Kenesaw is urbanistic rather than outstanding design or innovative interior planning. It was finally located on a narrow triangular site on the crest of Meridian Hill, despite congressional opposition that sought to keep the top of the hill open as a public park. The intent of the original investors, who included Sen. John B. Anderson, was to capitalize on spectacular views in all directions. The seven-story, F-shaped building was the second apartment house in the city to have all of its facades facing streets. Designed by Stone in a bland version of the Neo-Renaissance style, the buff brick and limestone walls are faceted with a series of bay windows, octagonal bay windows and projecting corners.

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Author: 
Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "La Renaissance (Kenesaw)", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-MH31.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 316-316.

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