It was Georgetown’s original town hall; then it was a fire station; but by the time the developers at Eastbanc Inc. took over this prominent frontage along M Street, it was a Burger King with a dropped ceiling hiding two unused stories above it.

Once we realized the property used to be a fire house—and found early twentieth-century photos showing what it looked like—we restored the two large bays that fire trucks would have used, turning them into glass-filled entrances to the large, modern retail space that BCBG now enjoys. We also enclosed the rear terrace and topped it with skylights, creating additional light-drenched space for more shopping. The new space connects to a former carriage house that now holds dressing rooms.

Meanwhile, a smaller door to the right of the shop leads to a spacious apartment upstairs, restoring that level to its useful purpose.

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