Our client purchased the abandoned Libyan Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue, which had been vacant for 17 years. This shipping executive, along with his wife and three sons, saw through the damage and neglect to realize that the Flemish Revival townhouse had promise. The Embassy Row location was ideal, moreover, being within walking distance of Dupont Circle and backing up to Rock Creek Park.

Talk about a diamond in the rough. A generation of neglect had destabilized the entire rear portion of the house due to persistent roof leaks, and a long-ago remodel had assaulted the gracious home’s finishes and layout. Our challenge was not only to repair all the damage and restore the home’s historic fabric, but we also had to return it to its original use as a single-family residence. Not only that, but our plans had to pass muster with at least three historic review boards. For good measure, we also applied for and successfully completed the Historic Preservation Certificate Application program.

We braced and reframed the worst-damaged portion of the house, adding a small rear addition, terrace and garden in the process. We removed years of chipping paint on the façade, then restored its brick and limestone. We removed and rebuilt the Flemish gabled dormers, and replaced the slate roof. The home’s plumbing and electrical systems are also brand new, though we restored its existing windows, doors, moldings and light fixtures.

The renovated kitchen lies at the heart of the new first-floor layout, which places it between the formal living and dining rooms in front and an informal sitting area that overlooks the terrace in back. The counter follows the curve of the refurbished bay window, which looks out to the side terrace, and a large center island provides space to gather and entertain. Although it’s packed with modern appliances and amenities, the detailing and finishes marry well with the home’s original aesthetic.

The master bath is also noteworthy, as it lies at the end of a mirrored gallery and occupies the full width of the house in a new rear addition. One walks down the gallery from the bedroom, past his and hers’ closets on each side, to an arched pocket door that opens to reveal the tree canopy of Rock Creek Park from a freestanding cast-iron bathtub. The owners are relishing their new life inside this glorious old house.

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Awards:

NOVA AIA Juror’s Special Citation for Restoration - 2014

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Washington Mid-Atlantic Chapter - 2015

National Kitchen and Bath Association DC Chapter - 2014

In the Press:

The Classic Tub in a Window
The Perfect Bath blog, March 8, 2017


Former Embassy Becomes a Stylish Residence
The Washington Post, November 17, 2016


The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick
Published by Rizzoli, Fall 2016


Flemish Flourish
Architecture DC, Fall 2016


24 Sophisticated Staircase Designs
Dering Hall, September 2016


Row House Remodel
Home & Design, Late Spring 2014

Ankie Barnes, Matthew Fiehn
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select below to viewRecognition

Awards:

NOVA AIA Juror’s Special Citation for Restoration - 2014

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Washington Mid-Atlantic Chapter - 2015

National Kitchen and Bath Association DC Chapter - 2014

In the Press:

The Classic Tub in a Window
The Perfect Bath blog, March 8, 2017


Former Embassy Becomes a Stylish Residence
The Washington Post, November 17, 2016


The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick
Published by Rizzoli, Fall 2016


Flemish Flourish
Architecture DC, Fall 2016


24 Sophisticated Staircase Designs
Dering Hall, September 2016


Row House Remodel
Home & Design, Late Spring 2014

select below to viewTeam Leaders

Ankie Barnes, Matthew Fiehn
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