New Condos In Truxton Circle DC


57 N Street NW Washington DC 20001

Chapman Stables is a 110 – 114 unit condominium conversion of The Chapman Coal Company Stable and Garage c. 1916 in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.  The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Developer: John Sunter, Four Points LLC
Architect: Studio 27 Architecture
Contractor:  Unknown

Chapman Stables Truxton Circle DC

Chapman Stables Overview

Chapman Stables will offer 110 – 114 luxury one, two and three bedroom condominium units with a single level, 60 space underground parking garage and retail or non-profit meeting space. Developers will restore the original 2 story brick stable and warehouse, which will house 32-36 condo units, and add a modern, glass second story with a 15′ setback to the structure, which will allow for personal outdoor space for third floor residents.  The condominium lobby will be located off the shaft once used as an automobile elevator to lift Ford Model-Ts and other vehicles to their service bays. A newly constructed 5 story building–which the HPRB terms ‘technically an addition connected to the historic building by a stair hyphen’—will be built on the vacant rear lot. The new building is significantly larger than the stables and garage, but the two are separated by a sizeable courtyard, which will allow more light to units and common outdoor space for residents. The new building will house an additional 74-78 condos and commercial space. The architect’s design is a nod to the 20th century light-industrial use of the property and preserves its detailing while adding modern elements.
Renovation of the existing stable and garage involves restoring the building as closely as possible to its original appearance and introducing new and larger openings. Work will include paint removal and brickwork re-pointing, repairing the tin cornice and replacing the second story 2/2 windows with products of similar profile and material, removing masonry infills and re-introducing openings on the first story appropriate to the 1912 façade. Developers also want to create new openings facing the courtyard, enlarging existing openings on the second floor and creating large openings on the first floor by combining what had been smaller horse stall windows. Lost elements of the 1908 stable façade will be reintroduced, including the carriage entry and hayloft door with block and tackle. The stable roof will be rebuilt and the proposal also calls for removal of the iron stair and an iron door canopy and stoop on the N Street façade due to their deteriorated condition. The project proposes a one-story + loft addition on the roof of the original stable and garage. Set back 15′ from the façade and extending the length of the structures, with a setback on the east alley end. The addition is one-story at the front and rear elevations, but rises two stories at the location of the present monitor roofs for an interior loft. Although it is not noted in the drawings, it appears that this roof top addition will have walls of cement plaster finish. The new 5 story concrete and wood frame building will have an L shape, with an east wing setback 17’ 4” from the stables, connected to the historic building by a 5 story stair tower. Cast concrete will be used up to the first floor, wood platform framing to the roof. Walls are expected to have a cement plaster finish.

Chapman Stables History

The Chapman Coal Company Stable and Garage was established by local businessman J. Edward Chapman, a local coal dealer, in 1906. Chapman moved his coal business from downtown to the edge of the city at Nand North Capitol Streets NW, where he expanded several large lots into a coal yard with stable buildings and a small coal office facing N Street. One of the stables, a three-story brick structure built by Chapman in 1906, housed at least 103 horses on the lower stories, and a box factory in the third story. It was destroyed by fire in 191 0. The property then became a public garage at the front and manufacturing facilities at the rear. 57 N Street, built in 1912 incorporating the 1908 stable, was constructed as a garage with parking for 75 cars on the ground level and service repair facilities at the second story. The 2 story brick garage, located mid-block on N Street with rowhouses to either side, featured round-arched windows on the 2nd floor, a broad projecting cornice, an elevator tower rising above the roofline and 3 monitor roofs set back 35′ from the façade that historically provided the auto repair space with natural light. According to the HPRB, “the former garage/stable building retains good overall integrity, although many of its historic window and door openings have been filled in and, and in the case of the horse stall openings, parged over.”

Community Action

“Staff recommends that the Board approve the project in concept with the following conditions:  The roof addition should be removed entirely, or be set back no less than 35 feet to the point of the current roof monitors, rise no more than one-story in height, and not extend the full length of the building. Any new roof addition proposal should use the footprint of the existing roof monitors as a point of reference and should not be prominently visible from N Street; Hyphen connecting the landmark and the new construction should be reduced in height to no higher than the cornice line of the historic landmark;  The iron stair and canopy should be repaired and retained…”
“Demolition is not consistent with the purposes of the preservation act as it pertains to the treatment of landmarks, which are: (A) To retain and enhance historic landmarks in the District of Columbia and to encourage their adaptation for current use; and (B) To encourage the restoration of historic landmarks. Recommendation: The HPO recommends that the Board find the proposed raze to be inconsistent with the purposes of the preservation act.”

Chapman Stables Design Features

Chapman Stable interiors will be designed in the industrial modern style. Finish details are not yet available.
The project is under construction. Sales will begin in spring 2017. Delivery is expected in early 2018.
Pricing is expected to range from the $300’s to $1M. Floorplans are not yet available. Check back for updates.

Chapman Stables Mapped

57 N Street NW Washington DC 20001 faces N Street between 1st Street and North Capitol Street to the west and east respectively and Hanover Place to the north in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Washington DC.
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.


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