2300 16th Project Overview


2300 16th is a 9 story redevelopment project offering 110 luxury condominium units and non-profit space. A two-level underground parking garage will provide 47 parking spaces for the Center and 72 spaces for residential use. The new construction will connect to White-Meyer through an underground passage, and includes a conference facility below a new lawn area on the east side of the house. The project is sited adjacent to two historic John Russell Pope mansions at the Meridian Hill International Center Campus and across from Meridian Hill Park in the Meridian Hill Historic District of Washington DC.

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Developer

Streetscape Partners, Westbrook Partners and Meridian International Center

Architect

Shalom Baranes Assoc., Perkins Eastman

Landcape Architect: Oehme Van Sweden

Contractor

Unknown

Status

Planned

Delivery

Early 2020

Pricing

Unknown

Address

2300 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

1624 Crescent Place NW Washington DC 20009

Location

2300 16th Street NW is located on 16th Street and Belmont at the entrance to Meridian Hill Park.


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Project Details


A 2016 revision to the original proposal includes 110 luxury condominium units, lobby, fitness room, bike storage, non-profit meeting space and a two-level underground parking garage offering approximately 90 spaces:

  • SOUTH & WEST FACADES OF 9-STORY BUILDING MASS: The upper two floors of the west elevation are set back 6 feet, creating a lower cornice line that approximately matches the historic mansions’ ridgeline. This new 7-story cornice line wraps around the south facade, reducing the appearance of the building mass and visually stepping the building down towards Belmont Street. The portion of the 16th Street facade that wrapped the south elevation in the previous submission has been eliminated.
  • MAIN BUILDING ENTRY: The primary building entrance is now integrated into the residential building mass by peeling back the stone retaining wall and revealing the residential building volume at grade. Located at that juncture is a prominent corner entrance opening out to a generous sidewalk area. The stone retaining wall encircling the south, east, and north edges of the site is further articulated with pilasters and green screens.
  • 16TH STREET FACADE: Juliet balconies replace the original balconies, giving the projected bays more prominence. Also, edge returns on the south end of the bays make them more visually substantial. Modified bay spacing and design changes accommodate the new building entrance and clarify the 16th Street facade.
  • CRESCENT PLACE FACADE: The western half of the Crescent Place facade is materially differentiated from the adjacent facade. Instead of buff brick, the facade is clad in a cast or veneer stone whose light color relates to the materiality of the Meridian House. Also, an 8” wide stone mullion is introduced to emphasize the window’s vertical orientation. At the base of this facade, a new stone canopy frames recessed glazing below to define the entrance to Meridian’s office space. To the east of the canopy, a pattern of dark stone and glass, similar to the fenestration above, encloses the remainder of Meridian’s office space.
  • MERIDIAN CONFERENCE SPACE / MOTOR COURT: The conference space’s cladding is changed from buff stone to red brick in order to visually associate it with the White-Meyer House. Green screens decorate the walls of the motor court, integrating it with the landscaped garden above. The motor court’s vehicular entrance on Belmont Street is reduced in width from approximately 60 feet to 30 feet.
  • PENTHOUSE: The volume of the penthouse is reduced by stepping its footprint and lowering the roof of the southern half by 5 feet. Green screens decorate the east and west walls of the northern half of the penthouse.

Original Plan


The original proposal for the project called for combining lot 806 (the landmark lot occupied by the White-Meyer House) and lot 808 (the parking lot), and constructing a nine story apartment building that would contain approximately 130 residential units and 8,650 square feet of meeting space for Meridian. The building is built into and atop the existing berm in order to retain the grade and mature trees within the 16th Street public space, with the primary residential entrance at the corner of 16th and Belmont. The vehicular and service entrance would be off Belmont, accessing two levels of below-grade parking. The building would have nine floors above the retained berm on 16th Street, and step down to six floors on Crescent. The materials of the new building would include stone for the retaining wall, two gradations of buff brick and metal cladding for the walls surfaces, metal detailing and glass rail balconies. White-Meyer would connect through an underground passage, and would include a conference facility below a new lawn area on the east side of the house. The project is intended to provide Meridian not only with improved meeting facilities but funds to allow it to continue its on-going restoration of the landmarks in accordance with a preservation plan prepared in 2005 by Archetype, and to establish an endowment for the properties’ long-term maintenance. Over the past ten years, Meridian has completed a number of substantial restoration and rehabilitation projects, and was presented with a District of Columbia historic preservation award for Excellence in Stewardship in 2013.

2300 16th Property History


The White-Meyer House is an historic residence located at 1624 Crescent Place NW at Meridian Hill Park. The home was designed by Architect John Russell Pope for Ambassador Henry White and completed in 1917. In 1934, the house was sold to Eugene Meyer, who remodeled and sold it to the current owner, Meridian International Center, a non-profit, in 1987. The Meridian House is located at 1630 Crescent PlaceNW in the Meridian Hill neighborhood of Washington DC. Like the White-Meyer House, it was designed by acclaimed American architect John Russell Pope and built three years after White-Meyer, in 1920, for Ambassador Irwin Boyle Laughlin. The home remained in Laughlin family until 1960, when it was purchased by the Meridian International Center.

Community Engagement


DCOZ, ANC, HPRB, BZA and associated documentation for the 2300 16th project.

Community members complained that the project was not of the scale and design required to mesh with the neighborhood.

Community engagement

The Keep Meridian Hill Green Civic Association filed a rezoning application to decrease the allowable density on the 2300 16th St. NW site. --BISNOW

Change.org Petition by community members

DCOZ Files for 2300 16th


Floor Plans


Floor plans for 2300 16th are not yet available. Contact us for updates. Development and MRIS information on this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Square footage and other details are as represented by sellers, their representatives and/or developers.

2300 16th Design Details


Unit interior design details are not yet available for this project.

Revised plans for 2300 16th illustrate the locations of private outdoor space and units of various sizes throughout the project.

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