In the Dupont Circle Historic District, there are plans to construct a three-story residential building with two units and a penthouse space. The plans for the project, located at 1500 17th Street NW, were revealed in October 2016, and now it looks like new renderings have been released.
When the developer first met with the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), the organization responded in a statement with, “The project as proposed feels somewhat out of place and has a very sharp—almost jarring—contrast into its historic context."
Later, at the Historic Preservation Review Board’s (HPRB) October 27, 2016 meeting, the HPRB found the project’s Contemporary concept of irregular stacked blocks to be “interesting,” but the overall building appeared too large in comparison to the surrounding buildings.
Buildings adjacent to the planned redevelopment include four three-story red brick Queen Anne rowhouses constructed in c. 1889 and a five-story tan brick Classical Revival apartment building constructed in c. 1919.
To further fit in with the neighborhood, the HPRB recommended using a color scheme with “warm earth tones” rather than the previous color scheme that was composed of gray brick and charcoal trim.
The developer seems to have listened as the color scheme used in the newly released renderings look like red brick as opposed to gray.
Before any construction can occur, the developer will need to be given a special exception by the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment to allow the penthouse space.