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DC Boogie-Woogie in Washington, D.C. by Suzane Reatig Architecture

January 18th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Suzane Reatig Architecture

The tight site, located across from the Mt. Vernon Square metro, originally housed six apartments for the elderly. The not-for-profit client wanted to replace the dilapidated building with a new three-story apartment building with an elevator. Before construction began, the owner found suitable replacement housing for the elderly tenants, and decided to offer the units to all. The change in program was an opportunity for the addition of mezzanines to the upper three units.

Front elevation (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

  • Architects: Suzane Reatig Architecture
  • Project: DC Boogie-Woogie
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Structural Engineer: Tadjer Cohen Edelson Associates
  • MEP Engineer: IT Associates IndraThakkar
  • General Contractor: McCullough Constructions
  • Photo Credits: Alan Karchmer

Exterior Detail (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Six one-bedroom units occupy the first two floors while the third floor contains three one-bedroom units with mezzanines and outdoor terraces.  All units contain spacious living areas with large wrapping windows from floor to ceiling, providing ample natural light, two or three exposures, and cross-ventilation.

Exterior Side View-01 (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

The use of brightly colored metal panels highlights the eccentricity of the surrounding neighborhood and energizes the street. In a neighborhood with mostly dark brick facades, DC Boogie Woogie’s color brings pride and cheerfulness to the community.


Interior corner windows (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Type of Construction

The structure is masonry with steel joists and eifs exterior. The windows are Pella wood with aluminum cladding. The exterior lighting consists of Bega light fixtures.

Exterior Detail-02 (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Short Description of Architect

Suzane Reatig, FAIA, is an award-winning Washington D.C.-based architect. For the past 12 years she has been extensively involved in the transformation of the Shaw neighborhood. In 1993, she was recognized for her design for the Metropolitan Community Church, a building that has come to have deep meaning for the Shaw community. DC Boogie-Woogieis another example of quality modern housing that is changing the Washington D.C. cityscape.

Hallway (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Interior loft (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Interior-01 (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Interior-02 (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Interior-03 (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

Sky Terrace (Image Courtesy Alan Karchmer)

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