Architectural Review Committee Report: February 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ana Evans, Win Brown, Ron Ngiam, Phil Eagleburger, Anne Weir and David Kay.

Also attending was Carin Ruff, CPHS Executive Director

3700 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Applicant: Murillo/Malnati Group LLC
Agent: Alan Dynerman, Dynerman Architects PC

The proposal includes razing the existing, non-contributing 3-story house and constructing a 3-story brick house in its place. The to-be-built house will expand from the existing footprint on the north and west sides and the parking area facing Rodman Street will be expanded. The agent for the developer has attempted to contact the neighbor to the west, but has not yet been able to do so. The ARC urges the agent to continue in these efforts. The ARC understands that the project will return to the ARC with further design changes.

The ARC has no objection to the proposed concept. However, the ARC has concerns about the south elevation facing Rodman Street and urges the architect to add to the design in a manner similar to the north elevation and to provide a transition from the house to the proposed expanded parking pad.

The motion passed 7-0

Washington International School (WIS)
Owner: WIS, Clayton Lewis, Head of School
Agent: Darragh Brady, Ziger/Snead LLP

WIS first presented their plans to expand the school campus to the ARC in November 2015. At that time, the ARC commended the thoughtful design but recommended that the height of the building be reduced and that the massing be broken up.

WIS and their architectural team have re-designed the building by significantly reducing the height of the building by an entire floor and by breaking up the north façade. The ARC again commends the thoughtful and artful design and supports the project. The reduced height and the proposed materials will enable the building to fade into the wooded background, being almost invisible except during certain winter months. A “Georgian-style” building would be more stark and noticeable from Macomb Street. The ARC also thinks that the placement of the building on the north side of the campus is the most advantageous placement and does not detracted from the existing mansion, the Klingle Road entrance to Tregaron, or other campus buildings. Contemporary architecture has always had a place in the Cleveland Park Historic District. While the majority of the residential construction in the Historic District was completed over 75 years ago, the neighborhood is also home to a number of more modern structures including the I.M. Pei house on Ordway Street. The addition of modern architecture adds to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.

Also planned are new plantings and other enhancements to the landscape.

The motion passed 7-0