Sunday, October 25, 2009

Clara Barton Condos

Clara Barton Condomimiums
616 E St., NW, Washington DC

The Clara Barton in Penn Quarter was developed by JPI, taking the place of one of the last empty lots in downtown Washington DC. One of the larger condo projects in the city, the Clara Barton is a 273-unit condominium attached to the Lafayette Condos, which is the other half of the building (but a separate condo association). Originally designed as the Jefferson Apartments, plans changed before completion to take advantage of the condo boom. The condominium is therefore highly amenitized, with a workout room, business center, small theater, staffed front desk, and well-designed rooftop with pool. Between the two condominiums is a large interior courtyard, with many units having balconies facing into it. The condo was named after the founder of the American Red Cross, due to the then-recently rediscovered office that was found nearby. Designed by Esocoff & Associates and Oehrlein & Associates. Real estate sales began in August of 2004.

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Anonymous said...

The Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation owned the site that eventually became the Clara Barton and The Lafayette. It was originally offered for development but due to a severe recession in the early 1990s, the staff knew that developers would not be able to meet the financial and time requirements so the Corporation withdrew the Prospectus. GSA inherited the site from PADC after Congress closed the Corporation in 1996. The site was not vacant when PADC purchased individual lots. Some had rear yards or space that was not built on; PADC also had a building or two demolished for safety reasons. A few sculptors made a sculpture garden out of one lot on 7th Street. But the site was hardly vacant as a number of the buildings were retained and renovated. Both buildings were designed as a single rental apartment complex. However, at the time the market was ripe for condominium sales and the building was divided into multiple condominium regimes.


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