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Ten Renovations To Watch Over The Next Eleven Months

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Already up to speed on the most exciting new developments that will change D.C.'s landscape? Well, now take a look at projects that won't change D.C.'s architectural landscape so much as slightly adjust it. From condo renovations to art museums in the place of shuttered schools, we've mapped ten renovations or adaptive reuse projects that will continue to make headlines in 2014.


· D.C.'s Changes: 11 Projects to Watch in the Next 11 Months [CDC]
· All Trump Hotel Coverage [CDC]
· All MLK Library Coverage [CDC]
· All Patterson Mansion Coverage [CDC]
· It's Official: The Franklin School Will Become an Art Museum [CDC]
· All St. Elizabeth's Coverage [CDC]
· A Peek Into the Future for the Hecht's Warehouse [CDC]
· New Adjaye Condo Rendering Devoid of Any Starchitecture [CDC]
· A Brief History of the Washington Coliseum/Uline Arena [CDC]
· First Look: Designs For the West End Library [CDC]
· St. Elizabeth's Hospital [Wikipedia]
· Randall School Project Moving Forward [Southwest...The Little Quadrant That Could]

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1. The Old Post Office Pavilion

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1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

Construction will start in the spring to turn the Old Post Office into the latest Trump Hotel. Delivery is expected late next year and the small shops that currently occupy the building have already begun to vacate.

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial — DC Public Library -

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901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-0321
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This week, the city chose a design team, Mecanoo and Martinez & Johnson, to renovate the central public library. What remains to be seen is whether the library will stand alone or whether it will (to Ralph Nader's chagrin) add a residential component. Stay tuned.

3. The Patterson Mansion

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15 Dupont Circle Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

The plan to turn the $26 million Dupont Mansion into a boutique hotel was a bust, but thus far, the plan to turn the monstrosity into studio apartments has garnered better reception.

4. The Franklin School

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1300 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

Eastbanc won the bid to turn the historic Franklin School at K and 13th Street into an art museum called the Institute for Contemporary Expression. It's an interesting new turn for the former school/homeless shelter.

5. Hecht Comapny Warehouse

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1401 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Douglas Development's plans for this former warehouse are exciting in that it will bring apartments and a Mom's Organic Market to the relatively empty Ivy City. Also, they've promised reasonable rental prices.

6. Georgetown Heating Plant

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This former heating plant will be renovated by starchitect David Adjaye and turned into the most expensive luxury condos in the city. At least it will be if the plans can get through approval from the neighborhood preservationists and advisory boards.

7. Washington Coliseum

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1140 3rd St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

The latest plan for this site of the Beatles' first American concert is that Douglas Development will turn it into office space. Stay tuned as anyone has yet to see so much as a single rendering for that. Photo by Elvert Barnes.

8. Elizabeth G. Randall Junior High School (Cardozo School)

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65 I Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

Final approval pending, construction should begin this year as the former middle school becomes a project that includes an art museum and a residential component.

9. St. Elizabeth's Hospital

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This mostly abandoned campus which pioneered medical help for the mentally ill has become one of the most dynamic developments in Southeast D.C. Several local colleges want space there. Several government agencies are moving there. There's a cool retail-heavy Gateway Pavilion, but the contractor just got fired. There's an ice slide. Stay tuned as it continues to evolve. Photo by E.L. Malvaney

10. DC Public Library - West End

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1101 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 724-8707
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Groundbreaking should start this year so that the library will become the colorful oasis that the folks at CORE have envisioned.

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1. The Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

Construction will start in the spring to turn the Old Post Office into the latest Trump Hotel. Delivery is expected late next year and the small shops that currently occupy the building have already begun to vacate.

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial — DC Public Library -

901 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This week, the city chose a design team, Mecanoo and Martinez & Johnson, to renovate the central public library. What remains to be seen is whether the library will stand alone or whether it will (to Ralph Nader's chagrin) add a residential component. Stay tuned.

901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. The Patterson Mansion

15 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

The plan to turn the $26 million Dupont Mansion into a boutique hotel was a bust, but thus far, the plan to turn the monstrosity into studio apartments has garnered better reception.

15 Dupont Circle Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

4. The Franklin School

1300 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005

Eastbanc won the bid to turn the historic Franklin School at K and 13th Street into an art museum called the Institute for Contemporary Expression. It's an interesting new turn for the former school/homeless shelter.

1300 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005

5. Hecht Comapny Warehouse

1401 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Douglas Development's plans for this former warehouse are exciting in that it will bring apartments and a Mom's Organic Market to the relatively empty Ivy City. Also, they've promised reasonable rental prices.

1401 New York Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

6. Georgetown Heating Plant

Washington, D.C. 20007

This former heating plant will be renovated by starchitect David Adjaye and turned into the most expensive luxury condos in the city. At least it will be if the plans can get through approval from the neighborhood preservationists and advisory boards.

7. Washington Coliseum

1140 3rd St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The latest plan for this site of the Beatles' first American concert is that Douglas Development will turn it into office space. Stay tuned as anyone has yet to see so much as a single rendering for that. Photo by Elvert Barnes.

1140 3rd St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Elizabeth G. Randall Junior High School (Cardozo School)

65 I Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

Final approval pending, construction should begin this year as the former middle school becomes a project that includes an art museum and a residential component.

65 I Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

9. St. Elizabeth's Hospital

Washington, D.C. 20032

This mostly abandoned campus which pioneered medical help for the mentally ill has become one of the most dynamic developments in Southeast D.C. Several local colleges want space there. Several government agencies are moving there. There's a cool retail-heavy Gateway Pavilion, but the contractor just got fired. There's an ice slide. Stay tuned as it continues to evolve. Photo by E.L. Malvaney

10. DC Public Library - West End

1101 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Groundbreaking should start this year so that the library will become the colorful oasis that the folks at CORE have envisioned.

1101 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037