When a group of parents bid on 17 acres off Foxhall Road to help St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School expand into a separate middle- and high-school campus, they needed a vision—and a plan. The land, a former estate, was steeply sloped with bordering parkland, and it sat in the middle of an old, established neighborhood.
We were brought in as the lead architects and guide. First, we helped the Friends of St. Patrick’s develop a winning scheme to purchase the land, of which nearly 8 acres were donated to the school, 2 acres were reserved for public parkland, and the rest sold to residential developers under development guidelines that we wrote. Next, we reviewed more than 20 variations of how the land should be divided and the campus laid out. After reaching a consensus, we shepherded the final version through the city planning and permitting process, attending nearly 100 meetings of neighbors and city officials along the way.
With the final scheme in place, we partnered with Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., a noted architectural firm that specializes in educational projects. Together, we developed the master plan as shown in the illustrations and model, and then designed the buildings. We got all the drawings passed through the multiple necessary neighborhood and zoning approvals; further development awaits additional funding.