A (Slightly) New Design For Adams Morgan Plaza Redevelopment

by UrbanTurf Staff

Design revisions to 1800 Columbia Road NW. Click to enlarge.

At the end of October, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted to approve the plans for the redevelopment of the much-debated SunTrust Plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW (map) with the caveat that the Board see the design again as it continues to develop.

Now, the development team of P.N. Hoffman and Potomac Investment Properties has made a few slight tweaks to the design. Those tweaks will be presented to ANC 1C this week, before the team goes back to HPRB.

Design revisions to 1800 Columbia Road NW. Click to enlarge.

When the design went before the board last month, Boardmember Rauzia Ally noted that it was “so compatible, it almost disappears”, while also calling it lackluster. Board Chair Gretchen Pfaehler said that she would like to see more elements simplified, especially along the penthouse level, to highlight the subtle details of the design.

The new design, from Eric Colbert & Associates, is outlined in the two images in this article. The series of minor changes include tweaks made to the stone used on the penthouse level, the brick design and color on the facade, and changes to the cornice and bay windows on floors two through four.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/slight_design_tweaks_to_adams_morgan_plaza_redevelopment/11891


  1. Make Admo Great Again said at 3:36 pm on Tuesday November 15, 2016:

    Hideous.Tile mosaic? What is this? 1960? Should have gone with the first design - modern elements blended with the historic landscape.

  1. nevermindtheend said at 3:40 pm on Tuesday November 15, 2016:

    I really wish they would show the bus stops in these images. I know keeping the bus stops (one on Columbia Road and one on 18th Street) is part of the plan, but it would head off some residents’ fears if they were actually shown. Bus service is very important at this intersection.

    It looks like the bus stop on Columbia Road would be slightly out of frame in the image above (assuming it stayed exactly where it is now) but the stop on 18th Street would be where they’re currently showing parked cars.

  1. Jay said at 10:19 am on Thursday November 17, 2016:

    Looks great! Actually does not look like something from the 60’s. Put your glasses on.  This design blends in better with the surrounding buildings. I would prefer all red brick, however.

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