This Week’s Find: A Dupont Circle Row House Transformed

by Mark Wellborn

1727 Church Street NW

In keeping with the transformation theme of last week, This Week’s Find is a 20th-century row home in Dupont Circle that was redesigned from a series of fragmented rooms into an open layout by DC-based Division1 Architects.

The firm wanted to create a home where the living spaces overlapped and skylights were carved out to allow light to move in multiple directions throughout the home. The main floor now contains living, kitchen and dining spaces that flow together, and there is a large sliding door at the back of the main level that offers the option for an additional bedroom. The dining and kitchen areas are situated in a double height space, opening up what was formerly a dimly lit area.


The second floor has two large bedrooms that are connected by a bridge which hangs over the double-height kitchen space, and on the third floor is an office space that leads out to a roof deck area. The cellar lever is a separate one-bedroom rental with its own entryway, back patio, living and kitchen areas.

Roof Deck

The transformed house is also now outfitted with a number of sophisticated sustainable technologies, including German techniques for passive cooling and ventilation and a robust insulation system. There is also a gray water recycling system and an irrigation mechanism on the roof, which captures and reuses exterior run-off for watering vegetation in and around the home. Radiant floor heating combined with a geo-exchange HVAC system maintains a comfortable temperature in the house without using a lot of energy, and a photo-voltaic array captures solar energy that is used to power many of the home’s appliances.

Office Space

Both the three-bedroom upper-level unit and the one-bedroom lower-level are available for rent starting on July 1st. More details below.

  • Address: 1727 Church Street NW (map)
  • Price: The three-bedroom rents for $5,495 a month; the ground-level one-bedroom rents for $1,995.
  • Total Square Footage: 2,750
  • Listing Agent: Contact Debi Fox of DCRealEstate.com at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Photos—Debi Fox Photography

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  1. brie said at 10:00 am on Wednesday June 8, 2011:

    This is wild! I am sure there are some that this will not suit, but I love interiors like this.

  1. makeba said at 7:05 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2011:

    This is nice. Its more monochrome than Ive seen in Ali’s other projects. I wonder if the client requestd this or was he given free reign?

  1. Richard Loosle said at 7:59 pm on Wednesday June 8, 2011:

    really enjoyed seeing this project evolve down the street from my office..
    another DIVISION 1 contribution to bringing DC into the 21 C…

  1. Valerie Brown said at 10:44 am on Thursday June 9, 2011:

    I’d love to read more on the “German techniques for passive cooling and ventilation” used. More information please.

  1. Austin Rooke said at 3:12 pm on Wednesday June 15, 2011:

    The kitchen looks great, does anyone know the brand and/or the installer?

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