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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/27/2013

A building can look smaller without losing a floor


The architects of an eight-story apartment building at 13th and U Streets NW have tweaked their design after the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) came close to asking to remove a whole floor. Instead, they’ve aptly demonstration how it’s possible to make a building feel less large without actually making it much smaller at all.

In December, HPRB heard from JBG, the developer who owns the site, and their architect David M. Schwartz about their plans to replace the low strip mall complex containing Rite Aid, Pizza Hut and other stores with an attractive apartment building.

Historic preservation staff favorably recommended the building, which they said “has many of design characteristics that are found in traditional apartment building design and which would result in a compatible relationship with its surroundings in this location.”

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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