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Mayor Gray Announces Winners of Historic Preservation Awards

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Cardozo Senior High School, Projects at St. Elizabeth's & on 14th Street Corridor among Winners
Doxie McCoy (EOM): (202) 727-9691, [email protected]
Edward Giefer (OP): (202) 442-7629, [email protected]
(WASHINGTON, DC) - On Thursday, May 15th, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Office of Planning’s (OP) Historic Preservation Office presented the winners of the 2014 DC Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation at DAR Constitution Hall. OP partnered with the DC Preservation League and the Daughters of the American Revolution on this event.

“Historic preservation allows the District of Columbia to grow and prosper while honoring and respecting the places and neighborhoods that enrich the fabric of our city,” said Mayor Gray. “Historic preservation is a driving force in the development and growth of the District. This year’s award winners represent an investment of over $187 million in historic districts and landmarks across our city.”

Awardees include a small homeowner project in LeDroit Park, transformation of long-vacant properties along the burgeoning commercial corridor of 14th Street NW, rehabilitation and expansion of a signature corner in Chinatown, rehabilitation of the landmark Cardozo Senior High School, and recognition of efforts at St. Elizabeth's for both an archaeological project and the preparation of a handsome history book of the campus.

Also highlighting the event was Mayor Gray’s presentation of the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award to Doug Jemal for three decades of unparalleled accomplishments rehabilitating historic structures in the District.

“Since 2003, the District government has honored over 140 outstanding projects, programs and individuals for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation in Washington, DC. This year, another 45 individuals, businesses, District agencies and local organizations are being honored for their work on nine exemplary, award-winning projects showcasing the city’s rich history,” noted OP Acting Director Ellen McCarthy.

A complete list of the 2014 winners is below:

Design and Construction

  • 1925 6th Street NW: A labor-of-love homeowner project in the LeDroit Park Historic District. Rebecca Westcott
  • Arch Square, 801 7th Street NW: Rehabilitation and expansion of a signature corner in the Chinatown neighborhood of the Downtown Historic District. Douglas Development Corporation; McCaffery Interests; R2L: ARCHITECTS; Antunovich Associates; Winmar Construction; EHT Traceries, Inc.
  • Le Diplomate Restaurant, 1601 14th Street NW: Transformation of an abandoned 1920s laundry into an anchor restaurant along the 14th Street corridor. Starr Restaurants; Stokes Architecture; Shawn Hausman Design; Brian Orter Lighting Design
  • Northern Exchange, 1401 R Street NW: Conversion of a vacant telephone exchange building into condominiums and retail on 14th Street NW. P.N. Hoffman & Associates, Inc.; Eric Colbert & Associates PC; Trevor Costa, Project Architect; EHT Traceries, Inc.
  • DAR Library Reading Room Lay Light Restoration Project, 1776 D Street NW: Restoration of extraordinary skylight roof in the former auditorium space of the DAR Headquarters complex. Daughters of the American Revolution; Quinn Evans Architects; The Christman Company; Femenella & Associates, Inc.; Hutchinson United Rigging
  • Yuma Study Center/Convent of Bon Secours, 4101 Yuma Street NW: Renovation and tasteful expansion of a Tenleytown neighborhood signature landmark. Yuma Study Center; Quinn Evans Architects; Forrester Construction Company; AtSite, Inc.; Tenleytown Historical Society
  • Meridian Public Charter School/Harrison School, 2120 13th Street NW: Renovation and contemporary addition to a Victorian-era school building in the U Street Historic District. Meridian Public Charter School; Bowie Gridley Architects; Forrester Construction Company; Brailsford & Dunlavey

Archaeology and Education

St. Elizabeth's Hospital Campus, 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE: Recognition of the U.S. General Services Administration efforts at St. Elizabeths for both an archaeological project related to first phase construction, and preparation of a handsome and well-illustrated book, St. Elizabeths Hospital: A History. U.S. General Services Administration; Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Thomas Otto; The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

HPR Chair’s Award

Francis L. Cardozo Senior High School, 1200 Clifton Street, NW: Twenty-first century rehabilitation for a landmark school. District of Columbia Department of General Services ; Hartman-Cox Architects; Grimm + Parker Architects; GCS-Sigal, LLC. View the award video.

State Historic Preservation Officer Award

Sherman Building Earthquake Recovery Project, 3700 North Capitol Street NW: Restoration and repair of extensive damage caused to the most significant building on the Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington campus. Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington; Quinn Evans Architects; R. Bratti Associates, Inc.; The Christman Company; Hayles & Howe; Keast & Hood Company; Oak Grove Restoration Company; PRESERVE/scapes Consulting, LLC

Individual Lifetime Achievement Award

Douglas Jemal: Mr. Jemal is responsible for many projects in Washington’s downtown that have served as the catalyst for the redevelopment of that area, including 7th Street Row in Chinatown, the old Woodward & Lothrop Department Store building, and other signature projects along F Street NW.

Related Information

Video productions of last night's program were posted Friday by our partner DC Preservation League. Perhaps you have received the video You Tube link directly from DCPL, or view individual videos.

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