Monday, January 13, 2020
ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Ana Evans, Anne Weir, Danny Ince, Win Brown, Phil Eagleburger, Tina Mead, Ron Ngiam and Lois Orr. Also attending was Camilla Carpenter, Executive Director, Cleveland Park Historical Society.
Washington International School, Tregaron Campus
Architects: Shalom Baranes and Perkins + Will
The Washington International School, Tregaron Campus, is located between Macomb Street and Klingle Road in the middle of what is now the Tregaron Conservancy and what was once a larger estate. A Georgian Revival mansion is the center piece of the school and of the property. In order to create additional class room space, science labs, and dining facilities, among other projects, the school is proposing to move the “Dacha” and construct an L-shaped addition between the mansion and the existing soccer field. Approximately 70% of the new addition will be underground. This proposal was first presented to the ARC in November, 2019.
In November, the ARC had the following comments on the proposal:
- The proposal solves the issue of the view from Macomb Street.
- The ARC has no objection to moving the Dacha.
- However, the ARC has concerns about the height and massing of the new structure as it appears to encroach, even overwhelm the Mansion. The feasibility of removing the top most 5,000 foot structure on the proposed new building or of pushing it back from its current location should be explored.
- The ARC suggests that the materials be simplified including the metal serpentine wall with fins.
- The ARC is particularly concerned about the northeast corner of the proposal building where it is so visible as approaching the Mansion. Attenuating this corner would improve the approach to the school.
The current January proposal differs little from the November presentation and does not address the comments as noted above. The ARC remains concerned about the impact of the new structure on the Mansion. While some neighbors thought the school should not expand at all or expand only underground, the ARC recognizes that the Washington International School should be able to evolve and improve even on a site that is so physically constrained.
Also, there was mention of constructing a gatehouse on Macomb Street during the discussion. The ARC has not reviewed this proposal but would need to do so in the future.
The motion passed 9-0.