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Former DC Skating Rink Becoming Apartments, Delivering This Spring

  • February 13, 2013

by Shilpi Paul

Former DC Skating Rink Becoming Apartments, Delivering This Spring: Figure 1
A rendering of a skating rink apartment. Click to enlarge.

The domed area above the Adams Morgan Harris Teeter that used to house a roller skating rink is being transformed into 39 lofty apartments, UrbanTurf has learned.

The building at 1631 Kalorama Road NW (map) opened in 1947 as the National Arena and served as a public roller rink and bowling alley before becoming the Citadel Motion Picture Center in 1986. Tom Lenar from R2L:Architects told UrbanTurf that his firm has been involved with the building since 2004, when the Harris Teeter moved in. Owners Douglas Development contacted R2L last year with the task of creating apartments that fit the unusual space directly above the market.

Former DC Skating Rink Becoming Apartments, Delivering This Spring: Figure 2
The area that will contain the Citadel Apartments.

The dome reaches a ceiling height of 20 feet, so the architects designed units that step up to lofted sleeping areas to make the most use of the heights. A ring of 31 apartments will surround a center block of eight more. The residences on the perimeter have sleeping lofts at the back, and the eight central units, which have no access to the perimeter windows, will be lit by skylights.

The Citadel Apartments, as they have been dubbed, are scheduled to deliver in the next two months.

Former DC Skating Rink Becoming Apartments, Delivering This Spring: Figure 4
An interior apartment. Click to enlarge.

Renderings courtesy of Capitol Pixel’s Lori Steenhoek.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/lofty_residences_in_a_former_adams_morgan_skating_rink/6653

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