CQA Principal Scott Matties AIA, LEED-AP believes architectural design should be aesthetically pleasing, accessible and community-building. This philosophy extends to his design of attractive and thoughtful affordable housing throughout the DC metropolitan area, often including historic elements.
A recent project, the House of Lebanon connects architecture of the past with the future of DC. Originally built in 1912 with subsequent additions, this adaptive reuse project in the Historic Shaw Neighborhood of Washington, DC transformed the former Margaret Murray Washington Public School into 82 affordable apartments for independent seniors. Adjacent to the original school, the 1971 Gymnasium addition’s mass and skin were significantly modified to create a more residential scale and a more sympathetic partner to the historic school. Two courtyards nestled between the buildings create community spaces. An underutilized courtyard completed in 1938 was re-established to become the main residential entry to the House of Lebanon. As the 1971 gymnasium was modified, the west façade of the original school was uncovered, and a second community courtyard was formed. For this project, the team was able to successfully pair historic tax credits with low-income housing tax credits.
The pairing of these two tax credit programs can be elusive and daunting. Mr. Matties, along with Elizabeth Everhart, a Senior Development Manager at Mission First Housing Group, and Laura Hughes, Principal of EHT Traceries, were asked to discuss their experience pursuing this combination tax credit programs at AIA’s DesignDC 2015 and will represent the seminar at Architecture Exchange East this November.
The seminar helps architects understand the historic tax credit and low-income housing tax credit programs. Using the House of Lebanon as a case study, challenges and benefits from pairing historic rehabilitation tax credits with low-income housing tax credits are described in detail. A case study allows participants to dive deeper and make comparisons to a successful, recent project. Seminar highlights include:
1. General understanding of low income housing tax credit programs.
2. General understanding of the historic tax credit program.
3. Specific examples of how to successfully implement tax credit programs.
4. Understanding how historic and low-income tax credits can be used together, including the challenges of each program and of pairing them.
Join Mr. Matties at Architecture Exchange East in Richmond, Virginia on Friday November 6, 2015 at 10:45am. AIA credit will be available! To sign up please visit: http://archex.net/register/