Architectural Review Committee Report: July 2015

The following recommendations have been shared with the Historic Preservation Office, ANC3C, and the applicants. We expect that the 3432 Connecticut applicants will return for our September 14th meeting, which the public is welcome to attend.


Cleveland Park Historical Society Architectural Review Committee

Monday, July 13, 2015

ARC Members attending Christine Hobbs, Lois Orr, Ana Evans, David Kay, Anne Weir, and Ron Ngiam

Also attending was Carin Ruff, CPHS Executive Director

3450 Ordway Street, N.W.

Agent: VW Fowlkes, Fowlkes Studio

The proposal includes a two-story addition, curb cut, new driveway and underground garage.

As noted last month, the ARC recognizes this property and project as complex and unique due to its history, the fact that the house has been reconfigured several times, once in 1969 and again in 1987, and its orientation to the street substantially changed. The ARC appreciates the architect returning with a revised and improved design showing a hyphen between the existing house and the proposed addition and a reduction in height of the addition. Also proposed are changes to windows, doors and a dormer on the south side of the house. Many, but not all, of the neighbors have been contacted.

The ARC has no objection to the addition as presented, but recommends that either the hyphen should be set back or there should be a change in material for the hyphen.

The motion passed 6-0.

The garage, curb cut and new driveway were not presented. The ARC would like to review a developed presentation of these elements showing the relationship between the garage excavation, grading, fencing and safety features.

The motion passed 5-1.

3432 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Agent: Timothy Sachs, Agent for the owner

The proposal includes façade alterations to a commercial building facing Connecticut Avenue, including reducing the grade in the front of the building in order to bring it level to the sidewalk, altering the front door and windows, extending the north and south sides of the building, and constructing a rear extension and rear parking area. The neighbors have not yet been contacted.

The ARC is willing to entertain a proposal for this building. However, the proposal needs to be further developed to show the proposed front façade elevation, the relationship of the proposal to the neighboring buildings, and the proposed excavation.

The motion passed 6-0.

3507 Woodley Road, N.W.

This project was not presented to the ARC, but materials were e-mailed prior to the meeting.

The proposal includes the demolition of a rear garage.

This garage is an early accessory building and because it is part of the historic fabric of the neighborhood, the ARC thinks that the building should be maintained.

The motion passed 6-0.