2300 16th New Condos
New condos in the Meridian Hill Historic District


2300 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

1624 Crescent Place NW Washington DC 20009

2300 16th is a 9 story redevelopment project offering 110 luxury condominium units, non-profit space and a two-level underground parking garage. The project is sited adjacent to two historic John Russell Pope mansions and across from Meridian Hill Park in the Meridian Hill Historic District of Washington DC.

Developer: Streetscape Partners, Westbrook Partners and Meridian International Center
Architect: Shalom Baranes Assoc., Perkins Eastman
Contractor:  Unknown
Landcape Architect: Oehme Van Sweden

2300 16th Meridian Hill International redevelopment

2300 16th Project Overview

A 2016 revision to the original proposal includes 110 luxury condominium units, non-profit meeting space and a two-level underground parking garage offering approximately 90 spaces. The breakdown of changes is as follows:
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.

2300 16th Original Proposal

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.

2300 16th Community Action

“The residents of the Meridian Hill neighborhood and surrounding area urge the HPRB to reject the revised Meridian International Project proposal because it fails to address the important concerns raised by ANC1C in the March 4, 2015 Resolution and by the HPRB at the April 2, 2015 hearing.”
“Whereas, the revised Project proposal fails to address the important concerns raised by ANC1C in the ANC1C March 4, 2015 Resolution and by the HPRB at the April 2, 2015 hearing; Therefore, it is the view of ANC1C that the Project, as currently re-proposed, is still incompatible with the historic nature and character of the Meridian Hill Historic District, the two historic houses, and the neighborhood, Meridian Hill Park, and fails to comply with the Meridian Hill Historic District Design Guidelines;”
“The HPO recommends that the Board:   Review the proposal as a project of new construction, and find that the conceptual approach of pulling the mass of the new building away from the White-Meyer House, connecting the two only underground so that they appear separate, and developing the new construction with its own architectural vocabulary distinct from the White-Meyer House is consistent with the Board’s guidelines and is a compatible approach for new development on this site;   Find the lot combination subdivision of lots 806 and 808 into a single lot to be consistent with the preservation act, as it combines two properties that have functioned as a single property since the 1930s;   Determine that a building on this site that is visible from Meridian Hill Park is compatible with the park’s character; and   Find that the height and mass, the relationship of the building to 16th Street, the design and materials, and the architectural and landscape treatment of the area between the house and the apartment building should continue to be evaluated and revised to improve the compatibility of these elements as suggested above.”
HPRB Dec. 2016: ” White-Meyer House, 1624 Crescent Place NW, HPA 15-205, revised concept/construction of new apartment building. The Board found the project to be very close to being compatible, with the main outstanding issues to be the height of the building and the treatment of the entrance. To address the height, the Board recommended either removing some or all of the berm to lower the building closer to street grade, or to remove a floor; the entrance was thought to be insufficiently prominent. Minor modifications are also needed to the Crescent Place perimeter condition and the Meridian conference facility on Belmont, and the applicants were encouraged to continue working on developing the landscape. The project should return to the Board for final review when ready. Vote: 4-1 (Wilson present; Aurbach absent). ”
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Historic Landmark Meridian Hill Historic District 1624 Crescent Place NW White Meyer House HPA 15 205

2300 16th Design Features

Interior design details have not yet been finalized for this project, which is still in the approval stage. Check back for updates. If approved, the 2300 16th condominium project is expected to start construction in 2018 and complete in 2020.

2300 16th Floor Plans & Pricing

Floorplans and pricing have not yet been released for this project. Check back for updates.

2300 16th Mapped

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

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