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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1618 Q Street: 7 Units from Single-family Home

There are plans in the works to convert the two-story, single-family home at 1618 Q Street NW into a three-story, seven-unit apartment building. The Dupont Circle Conservancy heard an initial presentation from the Workshop T10 design studio at its regular monthly meeting on October 8.

1618 Q Street today
The design would require an additional 18 inches of excavation in the basement.
There would be two basement apartments, two apartments each on the first and second floors, and a pop-up structure at the rear of the house. The pop-up would contain one complete apartment, and the upstairs bedroom for the second-floor front apartment.

The largest apartment would be 772 square feet, and the average apartment would be 570 square feet. The design envisions maintaining the front double-doors as the primary entrance, with an additional entrance in the rear.

The third-floor pop-up would not be visible from Q Street, the presenter said. It would be 13 feet tall at its highest point and be set back 33 feet six inches from the front facade of the building.

The pop-up would be visible from Stead Park, which the building abuts in the rear.

There would be two parking spaces behind the building.

No projected prices or rents for the apartments were mentioned, nor did the participants discuss if the units would be rentals or condos.

Desiree Holler Pollard of Workshop T10 made the presentation.

The Dupont Circle Conservancy is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, dedicated to historic and architectural preservation in the Dupont Circle Area. Its members frequently hear presentations from homeowners and developers who wish to get official blessing for major building improvements. The Conservancy's opinion is regularly heard and treated very seriously by Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle and DC's Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), so can stop or delay renovation projects.

The presenter and the Conservancy promised to be in touch. No decision was made immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Sheesh, I thought this would get renovated into a nice single family home, maybe with an income apartment in the basement. Our real estate bubble is forcing us into shoe-box living in Dupont/Logan. The days of actually owning a house in the city are apparently over. Ironically, at least in Georgetown there are still little row houses for under $800,000.