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A New Mixed-Use Development in DC’s Core

14th & W
Washington, DC, USA

This project integrates luxury apartments, retail, a YMCA and existing historic facades into a contextual solution on the border of a historic residential district and a growing commercial zone.

The project’s scale and the existence of five “historically contributing,” early 20th-century row houses on 14th Street required the project to be approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board and the District of Columbia Office of Planning. 

HOK’s team designed the massing and materials to be respectful of but not subservient to the historic fabric. Massing and details at the corner of 14th and W streets help establish a strong presence on the corner. The design restored the facades of the row houses on 14th Street to a historically appropriate appearance and integrated the interiors into the new construction. On W Street, the materials and massing change, with higher floors stepping back to create terraces for the units and the facade modulating to respect the shorter historic Victorian brownstones across the street. A modern facade on the new YMCA entrance draws attention from 14th Street. 

A key to the project is the reconstruction of the YMCA Anthony Bowen, which was named for the formerly enslaved minister who founded the nation’s first independent African-American YMCA in 1853. The renovated YMCA includes 50,000 square feet of space including exercise rooms, a swimming pool, a daycare center, meeting rooms and a roof deck.


356,600 sq. ft. / 33,100 sq. m.
220 residential units: 191,000 sq. ft. / 17,700 sq. m.
3 levels of underground parking: 80,000 sq. ft. / 7,400 sq. m.
Ground floor retail: 35,000 sq. ft. / 3,200 sq. m.
YMCA: 50,000 sq. ft. / 4,600 sq. m.


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning


NAIOP Maryland/DC – Award of Excellence, Best Mixed-Use Project