The Bentley, Formerly The Irwin, Moving Forward on 14th Street

by Shilpi Paul

Newest rendering of The Bentley.

The Bentley, a six-story, 53-unit apartment building planned for a vacant lot at 1324 14th Street NW (map) is moving forward.

Formerly known as The Irwin, the project recently received approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Sarah Alexander from architecture firm Torti Gallas told UrbanTurf. They plan to start construction in early 2013.

We’ve been following the design revisions of this project for a few months, as the facade went from glass to brick and the vibe from modern to more traditional in response to commentary from ANC 2F.

The project will consist mainly of studios and one-bedrooms, ranging in size from 500 to 600 square feet, and the project would have a large internal courtyard, a common roof terrace, a fitness center, and bicycle storage. There will also be 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 20 parking spaces, including one Zipcar space. It will be just down the block from the new 30-unit Abdo project that we reported on yesterday.

Interested in how the design of a new building can evolve in the planning and approval process? Here is a chronological rundown of the renderings:

Original, modern, glass-heavy facade with jutting bays.
Second design revision that incorporated a more traditional skin of red brick masonry while keeping the entry canopy and rooftop towers.
Third rendering with yellow brick facade; entry canopy and rooftop terrace from the original design were maintained.
Latest rendering, which looks identical to the third except for the brick color of the rooftop terrace.

Renderings from Torti Gallas and Partners.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_bentley_formerly_the_irwin_moving_forward_on_14th_street/5495


  1. RICO said at 1:21 pm on Friday May 4, 2012:

    HA..ANC does it again! manages to reduce the building to another BLAH BLAH BLAH dc structure…... amazing…thats the problem w/ design by committee ..Torti G is a good firm w/ good contextual solutions…but the more abstract type…don’t have to be “copy cat” to be contextual ...which the ANC clearly does not get…..God forbid we dont use brick….

  1. ANc...... said at 1:42 pm on Friday May 4, 2012:

    Boring….as RICO said, a little change would be nice for once. No one likes cookie cutter designs, but once again because of our “esteemed” review boards DC will continue to be a city with THE most boring architecture in the country, AGAIN.

  1. Lou said at 1:45 pm on Friday May 4, 2012:

    I agree with RICO.  The original design was so much more interesting and unique.  The final design is a big YAWN.  Why can’t anything different ever be developed in DC??

  1. concerned said at 4:12 pm on Friday May 4, 2012:

    The revised design is so much better than the original. Thank goodness for the HPRB. I especially like color of the facade, the cornice, the detail on the windows, the top-floor setback, and the composition of the retail bays.

    In an urban context like DC, building architecture is best used as part of a chorus and not trying to do solos.  It’s good when buildings fit in with their neighborhors to form a unified streetscape instead of screaming for attention like a spoiled brat.

    Oh, and is one of the above commenters sure they are ready to back up the statement “DC will continue to be a city with THE most boring architecture in the country”.  It’s really laughable.

  1. JNO said at 10:38 am on Saturday May 5, 2012:

    I actually like the latest rendering. It’s a good compromise IMHO. I am kind of getting sick of all the modern/glass stuff.

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