Carry Lofts: For the Man Who Brought Ice Cream and Beer to Capitol Hill

by Mark Wellborn


We have found yet another condo development in the District that is named in honor of a famous Washingtonian. You will remember The Lacey, which pays homage to Lacey Wilson Sr. and Lacey Wilson Jr., long-time proprietors of the Florida Avenue Grill. Now, Carry Lofts, a four-unit condo in Capitol Hill, honors Albert Carry, the German immigrant who brought beer and ice cream to the Hill.

Albert Carry came to Washington in the late 19th century and organized the National Capitol Brewery Company, according to the Capitol Hill History Project. Years later, he switched his focus to ice cream and formed the Carry Ice Cream Company at 1337 D Street SE. Perhaps a statue should be erected for this man.

Carry Lofts is located a few blocks east of Eastern Market at 257 15th Street SE (map). The project has three two-bedroom units and a one-bedroom w/den condo that range in size from 928 to 1,022 square feet (monthly condo fees run in the mid-$300s). The ground floor of the property features a 1,600 square-foot retail space that we hear will likely be a café or small restaurant.


Each unit in the building has 20-foot ceilings as well as two full bathrooms (one with a shower, the other with a tub), a front-loading washer/dryer and central A/C. All appliances (kitchen and laundry) are Energy Star rated.

The main living spaces in the units have bays that frame the dining and living areas giving the condos a lot of natural light. In true loft fashion, the master bedrooms in each condo are located on the mezzanine overlooking the main floor. Each unit is pre-wired for security and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound in the living room with ceiling speakers for the bedrooms. As far as outdoor space, if you buy one of the lower level units you will get a private terrace, while the upper units boast large private rooftop decks with views of the Capitol.

Carry Lofts has two off-street parking spaces available for residents but is also close to various modes of public transportation. It is a three-block walk to the Potomac Avenue Metro station on Pennsylvania Avenue (Orange and Blue lines), and the 96, 97 and B2 bus lines are one block away on Massachusetts Avenue.

Units range in price from the high $400,000s to low $500,000s. Unclear at this point is if the first buyers get free ice cream. To request more info on the project, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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  1. Nickell said at 10:26 am on Friday September 4, 2009:

    This lofts are beautiful. Great location too with the Potomac Ave metro a couple blocks away and the Safeway and Harris Teeter right there. ahh…if only i had the money!

  1. denise said at 10:37 am on Monday September 7, 2009:

    after i saw this i went to see the building and the owner was there and walked me through. the pictures don’t do it justice. they are amazing! you can tell they put a lot of thought into the details, which is hard to find anymore.

  1. Jillian said at 10:48 am on Friday September 25, 2009:

    Are these condos warrantable?

  1. Ray Brubacher said at 9:37 pm on Tuesday July 19, 2011:

    my father came to DC in 1925 and worked for one year at Carrys Ice Cream Co.  They aged their finest ice cream for 30 days before releasing it for sale.  No one does that now.

  1. Anne Carry said at 4:50 pm on Friday October 28, 2011:

    Albert Carry was my grandfather who had the beer and then ice cream companies. Although, he died before I was born, I’ve heard stories from my aunts and uncles about the companies. The lofts are really neat looking! Wish I still lived in the DC area!

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