Naming a new apartment building or condo often involves a brainstorming session with marketing professionals and developers, who toss out ideas ranging from their children’s names to the name of their favorite celebrity to someone with deep ties to the history of the neighborhood or city.
At the Lockwood, a 145-unit apartment building at 1339 E St. SE on Capitol Hill, Insight Property Group took into consideration the historic neighborhood when it chose to name its building after Belva Lockwood. Lockwood, known best as the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, ran for president of the United States in 1884 and 1888.
Insight also commissioned a mural by David Wiesand of McLain Wiesand that reimagines the construction of the Capitol at the end of the 19th century. That mural sits in the drawing room, a common space where residents can have morning or afternoon tea.
The English garden for residents features old-fashioned porch swings and benches along with a fountain, and it is adjacent to the conservatory, which has a 19th-century skylight saved from a bank. The Velvet Belva Pub has an antique bar, an art wall tribute to Lockwood and a hand-stenciled ceiling inspired by Ottoman robes.
The apartments have contemporary features, and the building is close to the Potomac Avenue Metro station.
The apartments range from a 497-square-foot studio that rents for $1,920 a month to a 1,533-square-foot unit with three bedrooms and three bathrooms that rents for $5,911 a month.
For more information, visit https://www.thelockwooddc.com/.