The Ellington

Washington, DC

“...a prominent vertical sign at the corner is reminiscent of the old theater signs that were once a signature feature of the U Street corridor.”

The Ellington is E-shaped, with three wings projecting out to U Street with courtyards in between. The upper two floors are set back significantly from the perimeter walls in order to minimize their visibility from the street. In its overall massing, materials, fenestration and facade organization, the building will be evocative of some of the landmark buildings in the neighborhood, such as the Whitelaw Hotel, the True Reformers Building, and the Bowen YMCA, while being clearly contemporary in its detailing. On the corner of 13th and U Streets there will be a four story block of new construction, with a prominent retail entrance fronting on U Street, accessed through a courtyard. The residential entrance is to be located on 13th Street, and will be elevated to match the rowhouses on this street frontage. The facades of this component are to be clad in red brick, and organized by full-height piers enframing banks of windows with spandrel panels.

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Project Data

43,000 sf
211,000 sf floor area
15,000 sf retail at grade
186 unit apartment building
2 level below grade garage
residential amenities
roof terrace

Sustainable Design Elements:
located across street/above Metro
provides underground structured parking
provides bike storage
mixed-use building


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Congress for The New Urbanism Charter Award


NAHB Pillars of the Industry Award

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