Monday, March 16, 2009

Try this one...

Last week I posted some photographs of a new modern condo building here in DC that had just gone up and it wasn't everyone's cup of tea. A few blocks away is a more traditional condo building that you might appreciate: 2501 Pennsylvania Ave.Originally an abandoned building ( the corner building seen above ) - 2 adjacent structures were built attached in different styles which helps the entire building seem smaller. I like this approach to city scale. No more city-block sized monster buildings!
Facing Pennsylvania Avenue is the more luxurious, neoclassic part of the building seen in the first picture. I love the limestone faced facade - very grand and beautiful. The penthouse units seem to have terraces, which is a great idea -you can see a close up above.
The original portion was fully restored and the entrance used for the entire newer building. The added tower helps to make the entrance more prominent. I wonder whats inside the tower room?
The 3rd part of the building faces a smaller side street and houses the entrance to the garage and is a lot simpler, but still very traditional; quietly grand.I like how they kept the stone base and used brick above. I think the architect did a great job making these buildings look like the evolution of the city, don't you agree? I think this units are super upscale and way out of my price range, but hopefully there will be a general open house and I can check them out! I'll be sure to share with you if I get to go inside!
The development has a website HERE with great pictures and floor plans. Check it out!

4 comments:

thomas said...

love these bldgs!

Rose C'est La Vie said...

This is a brilliant solution to the site and achieves distinction. I want to live in the tower! And I particularly like the balcony on the last building featured. The limestone facing is indeed beautiful.

Terry said...

3 big cheers for this one or 3 big cheers for each part. It looks like it's always been there. The Penthouse looks nice but I'd probably need the flat. How much would places like this cost?

Onlinehandyman said...

I really like the scaled down approach. Living right outside a big city where the building just seem to get bigger and bigger I really like this approach.