A Live-Work Loft Takes Shape in a Naylor Court Garage

by Nena Perry-Brown

A Live-Work Loft Takes Shape in a Naylor Court Garage: Figure 1
1317 Naylor Court NW

A few years ago, two adjacent 19th-century alley properties on Naylor Court went up for sale. Now, the couple who purchased the portion of the property that is little more than a raw garage is converting it into the city’s newest live-work property.

While the properties had previously been used in tandem as part of a Prohibition speakeasy and a furniture factory, the building at 1317 Naylor Court NW (map) has served as a personal auto garage for decades. Since purchasing the property in 2014, new owners Nick Rubenstein and his girlfriend Jennifer have been wading through the city’s bureaucracy to secure a zoning variance for the site and historic preservation approval for design plans.

Originally, the couple wanted to replace the structure entirely with a new loft residence. Because they currently reside in a converted schoolhouse condo in Adams Morgan, they were attracted to the scale and potential of the garage.

A Live-Work Loft Takes Shape in a Naylor Court Garage: Figure 2
Rendering of the loft’s main level

“It has a height and width and feeling of openness that is hard to find,” Rubenstein explained. As is, the garage has 12.5 foot-tall walls and a series of skylight punch-outs along the ceiling.

However, the Historic Preservation Office staff was adamantly opposed to full demolition. The plans, designed by KUBE architecture, have since evolved to create a two-story loft home with basement that will retain the original brick facade, party walls and steel beams.

A Live-Work Loft Takes Shape in a Naylor Court Garage: Figure 3
The interior of the garage

A Live-Work Loft Takes Shape in a Naylor Court Garage: Figure 4
A rendering of the future living room

The design would carve out a two-car garage off the alley, leading to a large workshop space where the owners can work on pet projects. A tiled pathway alongside the garage will lead to the open main floor, where a living/dining area faces a double-height kitchen portion on the far wall. The upper floor will have an abundance of windows, with two bedrooms facing the alley and a partial loft with a bonus room. The home will also have a roof deck accessible from the second floor.

Excavation will begin on the site in the next few weeks, putting the delivery date roughly in the first quarter of 2018.

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