Ralph Cunningham, FAIA in “Housing Options on Capitol Hill” Symposium

Mr. Cunningham was invited to participate in “Addressing the Future: Housing Options on Capitol Hill” sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, Capitol Hill Restoration Society, and National Capitol Bank. This was a free, day-long symposium with local developers and architects held to educate Capitol Hill Village members and other residents on options for living on The Hill into the future.

Topic covered included:
Preparing Capitol Hill multi-floor townhouses for easier use throughout life
Moving to one-level spaces on Capitol Hill
Choosing co-housing, one level living on Capitol Hill
Finance: Renting, owning, or leasing

Mr. Cunningham facilitated the conversation with the topic “Moving to One-Level Living on Capitol Hill” and provided the CQA’s restoration and adaptive reuse project The Maples as a case study for Capitol Hill living options. The Maples is a 20-unit family village located on The Hill, about half a block away from Eastern Market metro station. The project consists of 6 buildings; 3 buildings are to be built as new construction and 3 existing buildings –dating back to the 1790’s– will be renovated through historic preservation. Residential units include: 1 bedroom flats & row houses, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and 5 bedroom units.

Rendering of The Maples

Rendering of The Maples