The seventeen Colonial Revival garden apartments are organized around a long central common overlooking the Anacostia River. Only 18 percent of the 28-acre site was built on, with the tall, three-story, rectangular brick buildings facing one another across the mall. This arrangement of architecture within a suburban-like setting was in keeping with the progressive development of garden apartments during the postwar period.
Each of the buildings was three stories tall and had six entryways; each entryway provided access to six apartments. Most entry ways were five bays wide with a central doorway. Originally their gables were painted white to increase the historical allusions made by pedimented doorways, brick quoined corners, and regular, balanced compositions. As late examples of the Colonial Revival style, they show some influence of modernism, most notably tripartite windows and a planar wall-window relationship. The Mayfair Mansions Apartments displayed two types of roof treatments, including flat with a raised brick parapet and, more often, a broad gable slate roof.
Cassell, a native of Towson, Maryland, who had received his architectural education at Cornell University, graduating in 1919, had a long, prolific, and distinguished architectural career in Washington.
Reynolds, Arthur M., Sr., “Mayfair Mansion Apartments,” District of Columbia. National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, 1989. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.