House of Lebanon Honored with Vision Award from the Committee of 100

Cunningham | Quill was honored on June 4th to receive a Vision Award from the Committee of 100 on the Federal City for the House of Lebanon project. The Committee of 100 was formed in 1923 to advance the cause of urban planning in Washington, DC by sustaining and safeguarding the fundamental values derived from the tradition of the L’Enfant Plan and the McMillan Commission. The Vision Awards recognize projects and individuals who demonstrate visionary thinking about the city of Washington, DC and who reinforce the ideas of the L’Enfant Plan for Washington, DC.

The House of Lebanon was recognized as “an excellent example of sustainability through the reuse of historic resources, and a model for affordable housing in the city.” The project included preservation of the historic Margaret Murray Washington School and adaptive reuse of the school into 82 apartments of affordable housing for independent seniors. Prior to starting construction, Cunningham | Quill assisted the owners in successfully nominating the building to the National Registry of Historic Landmarks, thereby ensuring that its significant architectural features will be preserved. Cunningham | Quill is honored to receive a Vision Award for this exciting project, and congratulates our project partners Mission First Housing Development Corporation, Urban Matters and the Mt. Lebanon CDC.

House of Lebanon is presented at the Vision Awards ceremony.

House of Lebanon is presented at the Committee of 100 on the Federal City Vision Awards ceremony.

The House of Lebanon team, from left:

The House of Lebanon team, from left: Rev. Lionel Edmonds; Johnny Holliday; Ray Nix; Scott Matties, AIA; Elizabeth Everhart; Ralph Cunningham, FAIA; Heather Daley Rao, AIA; and Lee Quill, FAIA.

2014 Vision Award

2014 Vision Award

Exterior details of the historic Margaret Murray Washington School (left) and the building addition (right).

Exterior details of the restored historic Margaret Murray Washington School (left) and the renovated 1971 Gymnasium addition (right).

An apartment interior in the renovated 1971 gymnasium addition.

An apartment interior in the renovated 1971 Gymnasium addition.