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parker flats at gage school, washington, d.c.

adaptive reuse / merit

parker flats at gage school, washington, d.c.

adaptive reuse / merit

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The architects managed to squeeze five additional units into captured attic space.

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    Anice Hoachlander

    New amenities, such as Brazilian cherry floors and granite countertops, coexist with old old brick and refurbished wood windows in this historic Georgian Revival building.

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    Anice Hoachlander

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    Anice Hoachlander

    The Gage School building sat abandoned for 35 years.

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    Anice Hoachlander

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    Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

    The project in section.

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    Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

    The floor plan for the project's attic space. Bonstra | Haresign widened the "hyphen" housing the fire stair, elevator, and storage area.

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    Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

    The project's first-floor plan.

bonstra | haresign architects, washington, d.c.

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS converted an abandoned public school building into 92 loft-style condos with two levels of underground parking. Our judges lauded the results as “skillfully done inside and outside.”

Preserving while creating, the design team retained the brick shell, standing seam roof, and wood windows but widened the connection between the two wings, added new dormers, and replaced the mechanical exhaust cupola. The sleek units highlight 11-foot to 14-foot ceilings, 12-foot windows, exposed brick, and Italian ceramic tile.

“We wanted to do modern insertions, so the interiors are simply detailed,” says David T. Haresign, AIA.

principal in charge / project architect: David T. Haresign, AIA, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS;
project architect: Jennifer Marca, AIA, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS;
project designer: Joe Corridore, Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS;
developer: William Herman, Urban Realty Advisors/Monument Realty, Washington, D.C.;
general contractor: Dennis Cotter, James G. Davis Construction Corp., Rockville, Md.;
historic architect: Mary Oehrlein, FAIA, Oehrlein & Associates Architects, Washington, D.C.;
historic preservationist: Emily Eig, EHT Traceries, Washington, D.C.;
project size: 550 square feet to 1,290 square feet per unit;
site size: 0.97 acre;
construction cost: $190 per square foot;
sales price: $300,000 to $600,000 per unit;
units in project: 92;
photography: Anice Hoachlander.

product specs
bathroom fixtures: Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Matco-Norca; bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Leedo Cabinetry; dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator: Whirlpool Corp.; doors: CURRIES; exterior siding: ParexLahabra; flooring (carpet): Masland Carpets, Shaw Industries; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): Dal-Tile Corp.; flooring (wood): Robina Flooring Sdn Bhd; garage doors: Overhead Door Corp.; hardware: DORMA Architectural Hardware, Rockwood Manufacturing Co., Schlage Lock Co.; hvac equipment: AirEase, Reliable Products, Ruskin Co.; insulation: Owens Corning; kitchen fittings: Pro-Flo Products; kitchen fixtures: Matco-Norca; lighting fixtures: Ellen Lighting & Hardware; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co.; roofing: CertainTeed Corp., DaVinci Roofscapes, Petersen Aluminum Corp. (PAC-CLAD); skylights/roof windows: Oldcastle Glass Engineered Products (Naturalite); windows: Permanent Sash and Door Co.