A historic Woodley Park condo building, known as Wardman Tower, has completed a major restoration with updated residences and high-end amenities. The exact cost of the restoration was not disclosed to Curbed DC.
The two-year renovation was headed by JBG SMITH and North America Sekisui House LLC and designed by New York-based firm Deborah Berke Partners with inspiration from midcentury Paris. Changes to the structure included reintroducing original window configurations, balconies, and doors, while also reappointing thousands of square feet of the facade with brick, cast iron, stone, and metal.
Inside each of the units, there are muted palettes, crown moldings, and hardwood flooring. Robb Report further reports that there are stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops in the kitchen as well as Calacatta marble and freestanding bathtubs in the bathrooms.
Some of the amenities inside Wardman Tower include a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, yoga studio, two clubrooms, and a private outdoor garden. There is also a below-grade parking garage. According to a press release, concierge services are also now provided along with pet services.
In May 2017, Wardman Tower made headlines for selling Washington, D.C.’s second most expensive condo ever, priced at $8.4 million. The identity of the buyer remains unknown.
Still, the building offers some of the city’s most expensive condos with prices between $2.5 million to $9 million. There are a total of 32 two- to four-bedroom condos inside, ranging from 2,200 to 4,600 square feet. Already, 12 of the units have been sold or are already under contract.
Located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue NW and Woodley Road NW, Wardman Tower was constructed in 1928 by local architects Harry Wardman and Mihran Mesrobian. Wardman, who has an architectural style named after him, has also designed homes in Truxton Circle, Columbia Heights, and Dupont Circle. Mesrobian’s past designs can be seen at D.C.’s historic Hay-Adams and St. Regis hotels.
The Wardman Tower building was previously used for apartments and hotel space and was eventually added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Past famous residents include Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Herbert Hoover as well as actress Marlene Dietrich.
Plans to convert Wardman Tower into a 32-unit condo building were revealed in 2015.