Since 1922, the South Cathedral Mansions apartment complex has graced the corner of 2900 Connecticut Ave. NW in Woodley Park.
Designed and developed by Harry Wardman and Mihran Mesrobian, the apartments have been a landmark for local residents and for tourists passing by between the National Zoo and the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station.
The apartments were purchased in 2014 by Commonwealth Cooperative, a joint venture by CAS Riegler and Commonwealth Residential, and have been undergoing extensive renovations that are set to be completed later this spring. Now that renovations are nearly complete, South Cathedral Mansions is listed for sale.
South Cathedral Mansions, listed in the book “Best Addresses” by James Goode, the National Register of Historic Places and the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, now includes 165 luxury apartments and amenities to compete with other high-end housing in the area such as the Wardman Tower condominium at Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road.
The two-year renovation was aimed at providing modern amenities while preserving the historic character of the building. The apartment layouts will be reconfigured and previously unused attic space will be used to add 29 new apartments to the building, 17 of which will have dramatic ceiling heights of 20 to 30 feet.
A carriage house on the property has been converted to use as a community amenity with a dining room, kitchen and coffee bar. Other amenities include a media lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, a patio overlooking the lawn, a fitness center, a spa with a sauna, steam room and massage room; bike storage, a dog run and grooming station, 24-hour front desk concierge services and package acceptance.
The units have been upgraded with new plumbing and electrical systems and have restored antique hardwood flooring, white shaker cabinets, gas cooktops, Silestone countertops, high-efficiency windows, a washer and dryer and smart home features such as keyless entry, a Nest smart thermostat and built-in USB ports.
Estimated monthly rent would start at $2,250 for a 488-square-foot studio and rise to $6,500 for a three-bedroom, three-bath unit with 1,651 square feet. The largest number of units are one-bedroom, one-bath homes with 709 square feet that would rent for an estimated $3,000 per month.