HPRB Supports Randall School Redevelopment

by Shilpi Paul

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New rendering of the Randall School project. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle.

On Thursday morning, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted to unanimously support the conceptual plan for the massive Randall School project in Southwest DC.

The team behind the project, including Bing Thom Architects and architect of record Beyer Blinder Belle, has been to the HPRB several times over the last few months with revised plans; in October, the board supported the project, but requested that the architects rethink several design elements and come back in November. (The changes are outlined in the latest staff report.)

The massive project, which will encompass the vacant Randall School building and the surrounding space on a large lot at Half Street and I Street SW (map), will bring a contemporary art museum and about 550 residential units to the neighborhood (approximately 100 of the units will be affordable). A public courtyard will sit between the buildings, and a restaurant will occupy the eastern portion of the historic building. An underground parking garage will have room for 245 spaces, as well as electric car charging stations, bike parking and car sharing areas.

Since the last time we reported on the project, the designers rethought the cantilevered portion of the residential buildings: now they will be held up by four narrow columns, rather than one single column. More of the historic building will be restored, including the balustrade and auditorium windows. Additionally, a glass piece has been added to the area between the historic school building and the new wing, as well as a balcony looking into the courtyard. The main entrance to the museum remains one floor below the previous entrance to the school.

From here, the team will go to the Mayor’s Agent for approval to demolish, and to the Zoning Commission for approval on their PUD. We will update the article when we get our hands on the most recent renderings.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/hprb_supports_the_sws_randall_school_project/7853

3 Comments

  1. Fabrisse said at 3:51 pm on Thursday November 21, 2013:

    I live next door and can’t wait for the project to start.

  1. dno said at 1:33 am on Friday November 22, 2013:

    That rendering is just awful; I don’t understand HPRB’s criteria. Hope this is one of the few that looks better when built.

  1. Welp said at 6:41 pm on Monday November 25, 2013:

    The high-rise portion of that structure looks like most of the 1960s monstrosities that we’ve been waiting for so long to go away from southwest. Is the plan to maintain the look of L’Enfant Plaza? This one is a disaster.

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