US Commission of Fine Arts grants approval to Dumbarton Oaks Fellows Housing

On October 4th, 2012, the Old Georgetown Board granted approval for renovations and additions to 1700 Wisconsin Avenue for the purpose of new housing for scholars studying at Dumbarton Oaks.

View from R Street NW

Situated at a gateway location to historic Georgetown, the building has adjacency to the commercial corridor along Wisconsin Avenue as well as the quiet residences of R Street.  The approved third floor and penthouse additions address the commercial corridor to the east, while a smaller, more residential-scaled addition addresses the west.   In order to maximize sustainability, the existing 1954 brick office structure will remain intact.

View from Wisconsin Avenue

New work will feature traditional building materials such as metal windows, flemish bond brick, and copper siding.    A series of vegetated screens and awnings will provide natural shade while enlivening the building façades with greenery that is evocative of the gardens at the Dumbarton Oaks campus.  Cunningham | Quill Architects has partnered with Nelson Byrd Woltz of Charlottesville, Virginia, to create a surrounding garden and plaza, as well as vegetated roofs to filter storm water and revitalize the natural ecosystem.