More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments

by Nena Perry-Brown

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 1
New residential entrance rendering. Click to enlarge.

Two months ago, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) granted preliminary design approval to the proposed Logan Circle Barrel House redevelopment. While preliminary approval was granted, the HPRB members’ comments included a desire to see various design elements refined, such as simplified facade materiality and more variance in the color and extent of various setbacks on the top two floors on both 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue.

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 2
A prior rendering of the planned project.

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 3
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Now, the development team is applying for relief from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) — and is presenting a new design from Bonstra|Haresign Architects that appears to be more in line with the HPRB’s notes.

The Metropolis Development Company-led redevelopment will deliver a seven-story building with 37 residences atop ground-floor retail; there will also be two regular and two carshare parking spaces. The development team is currently seeking relief from setback and penthouse height requirements.

Below are renderings of both the older and newest iterations of the design for the Barrel House at 1341-1345 14th Street NW (map).

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 4
A prior rendering of the planned project.

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 5
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More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 6
A prior rendering of the planned project.

More Refined Renderings Revealed for Proposed Barrel House Apartments: Figure 7
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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/more_refined_renderings_revealed_for_proposed_barrel_house_apartments/12339


  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 8:42 pm on Monday March 20, 2017:
    What little life there was in the design is now gone. So typical of HPRB, yet so depressing nonetheless.
  1. Jay said at 5:12 am on Tuesday March 21, 2017:
    Both designs stick out like a sore thumb. I'm not sure why architects can't mimic the surrounding buildings so that new structures blend in with everything else.

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