Monday, November 11, 2019
ARC Members attending: Christine Hobbs, Stefan Hurray, Ana Evans, Anne Weir, Danny Ince, Win Brown, Phil Eagleburger, David Kay, Tina Mead, and Lois Orr. Also attending were Rick Nash, President, Cleveland Park Historical Society and Camilla Carpenter, Executive Director, Cleveland Park Historical Society.
3303 Highland Place, N.W.
Owners: Emanuel and Muir-Harmony
Agents: VW Fowlkes and Martin Locraft, Fowlkes Studio
3303 Highland Place is a classic four-square built in 1912. The proposal includes the rehabilitation of the house and the construction of a new two-story rear addition. Due to the grade change in the rear, the new addition would occupy the lower level and the first floor. There would also be a new balcony on the second floor and new dormers on the east and west sides of the house as well as several new windows.
The ARC has no objection to the concept of a new rear addition but has the following comments:
· For a complete review, the ARC needs to review existing elevations and a topographical map of the lot, as well as the details of any decks and railing designs.
· The ARC has concerns about the proposed, new dormers. The proposed dormers are unequal in size and the proposal changes the roof line. The new dormers should be no larger than the existing dormers and should be set back from the hip of the roof.
· The windows on the existing, historic house should retain the window trim. And the proposed new windows should reflect the muntin pattern of the existing windows.
· The “embossed parging” on the existing house should not be continued on to the new addition.
The motion passed 10-0.
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 centerpiece 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.
The ARC has 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.
This presentation was of a concept and WIS will return to the ARC with final plans in the future.
The motion passed 9-0, with one recusal.
3400 Connecticut Avenue/2911 Newark Street NW (The Macklin Apartments)
The Macklin Apartments were designed by M. Mesrobian, a noted Washington, DC architect, in 1939. This building is located on a larger site at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Newark Street. In the original submission for historic designation for the Cleveland Park Historic District, the Macklin is particularly noted, especially the fact that the building is pushed back away from Newark Street and into the hill side as the street moves up the hill away from the commercial area and to the residences.
The current proposal includes the addition of two new buildings that will include residential apartments, townhouses and commercial space. The Macklin Apartments will not be rehabilitated. On the west side of the site, a new 31-unit four-story plus penthouse building would be constructed. There would be two subterranean levels connected to The Macklin. On the east side of the site, four townhouses would be built and facing Connecticut Avenue, there would be a pedestrian plaza with commercial space. The proposal has elicited neighborhood concern over issues of historic preservation and as well as neighborhood support.
The ARC has the following comments on the proposal:
· In order to fully evaluate the proposal, the ARC needs additional information including pedestrian views from up and down Newark Street, a rendering of the proposed retaining wall, a cross section of Newark showing the houses across the street, and views from the alley.
· The proposed apartment building is too large and the penthouse too tall. The new structure should defer to The Macklin and be set back from the street.
· The façade of the new west apartment building, especially where it faces Connecticut Avenue, needs further refinement as it is too commercial looking.
· The design of the townhouses needs more detail as well.
· The ARC is concerned about the dead end created on the south end of the existing commercial strip.
· In order to accomplish these goals, consideration should be given to the following: creation of a vehicle pull over space on Newark Street which would also help address the issues of traffic and service trucks; to switching the location of the new apartment building and the townhouses; and to creating access from Newark Street to the commercial area.
The presentation was a concept presentation and the proposal will return to the ARC.
The motion passed 10-0