New Renderings and Details Emerge for Eastbanc’s Planned Adams Morgan Project

by Nena Perry-Brown

New Renderings and Details Emerge for Eastbanc's Planned Adams Morgan Project: Figure 1
Rendering of the proposed building from Columbia Road NW

Six months after presenting their initial plans to bring a large-scale residential project to the Scottish Rite site in Adams Morgan, developer Eastbanc has released more-detailed renderings.

As UrbanTurf reported over the past several months, Eastbanc plans to replace the enclosed surface parking lot adjacent to the Scottish Rite Center at 2800 16th Street NW (map) with a horseshoe-shaped, 90-120 unit apartment complex designed by Grimshaw Architects. The nine-story, matter-of-right project would include a large courtyard sandwiched between the apartments, the Scottish Rite Center and the Unification Church, as well as a rooftop pool overlooking Columbia Road, a ground-floor gym, cafe and lounge. Underground parking with 75-80 parking spaces would span two levels.

New Renderings and Details Emerge for Eastbanc's Planned Adams Morgan Project: Figure 2
Rendering of the proposed building as seen from 16th Street and Columbia Road NW

In response to neighborhood and ANC concerns about the height and massing of the proposed building, the development team has provided a more in-depth comparison of the building’s height as it relates to others in the immediate area. There are also panoramic views of the site and its surrounding streets from multiple angles, including some which show the proposed building in that context and how the new building’s size will relate to the Scottish Rite temple itself.

New Renderings and Details Emerge for Eastbanc's Planned Adams Morgan Project: Figure 3
Rendering of the proposed building as seen from the other side of Columbia Road.

New Renderings and Details Emerge for Eastbanc's Planned Adams Morgan Project: Figure 4
A view of the building’s entrance on Mozart Place NW

The new renderings also show the building materials that Eastbanc would like to use, with a mix of cement- and brick-colored porcelain or artificial stone which reference the temple and other buildings on adjacent streets.

While the updated renderings do satisfy what many community stakeholders wanted to see from Eastbanc, it remains to be seen whether they will be more comfortable supporting the project or will still have concerns about the size and context of the surrounding historical neighborhood, neither of which seems to have appreciably altered the core concept of the plans.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/new_renderings_and_details_for_scottish_rite_apartments/11065


  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 7:53 pm on Tuesday April 5, 2016:
    I'm glad to see the dynamic, asymmetrically projecting bays, which add some life to the project and help distinguish it from the boxier buildings to which DC is accustomed. However, I think the proposed design still needs more articulation. The mass of dark brick is rather gloomy and undifferentiated. Lighter brick would be a welcome start, but I'd like to see more attention paid to the proportions of the windows on the main plane of the facade, and perhaps some gestures to alleviate the sense that this is a big blob of brick.
  1. Ayrwulf said at 8:10 pm on Tuesday April 5, 2016:
    I'm sorry to say that I don't find this design attractive. It looks somewhat like a giant sponge. I fear that it will clash with the three beautiful old churches on 16th street. I don't mind a modern design, but it would be nice if it at least gave a nod to the older surrounding buildings...
  1. guy prudhomme said at 8:49 pm on Tuesday April 5, 2016:
    It is time for our citizens to welcome building designs which are more fitting with our times rather than try to make modern buildings resemble the architecture of days gone by. The contrast between modern and old buildings is what brings character to all great cities of the world. Let us make Washington one of these cities.
  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 10:06 pm on Tuesday April 5, 2016:
    The dark coloration of the faux-brick kills almost everything potentially good about this design. The darkness is especially bad on the Columbia Road façade, where the brick is overwhelmingly dominant, but it's also unfortunate on the east (Temple-facing) facades, which are mostly glass. It makes them gloomy and ponderous, a heavy clunky mass threatening to crush the pristine white base. If the idea is to be visually recessive, it's not succeeding. It calls attention to itself. Change to a limestone coloration, and you'd have a whole new character, one that remains completely of our time but actually relates to the Temple and doesn't suck the light and energy from the urban setting. But I suppose that win-win solutions of that sort are for provincial architects. The central interest of "starchitects" like Grimshaw is to draw as much attention as possible to their own creations. Whether that attention is positive or negative is largely irrelevant to them; they are convinced that the future will be redemptive. Their toolbox is novelty and contrarianism for their own sake, and clients like Eastbanc are under their spell, willing to sacrifice square footage and practicality at the altar of "cutting edge" design. One wants so badly to support newness, but it's hard when an offering, like this one, is so insensitive.
  1. Brett said at 3:56 pm on Wednesday April 6, 2016:
    @guy prudhomme All buildings are a product of their time. This one is just ugly in my opinion. Just because it's considered "modern" does not mean anyone has to like it or accept it.
  1. Jay said at 8:02 pm on Monday April 11, 2016:
    No, no, and no! You celebrate wanting a new, modern design "more fitting with our times" but this is already dated looking. What year is this 1979? When I saw this it reminded me of something built in an eastern European country last century. Uuuugggggly. Architects need to quit trying to make a statement that they will be remembered for and design something that blends in with the surrounding neighborhood. This is just awful.

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