|1728 14th Street, Image courtesy Bonstra Haresign|
|Current Granger Warehouse Facade, Image Courtesy Bill Bonstra|
Like 1728, most of Bonstra Haresign's other 14th Street projects have also been located in the historic district, Bonstra Haresign managing partner Bill Bonstra told DCMud. "What is really important is understanding the context and what I call the DNA of the site." The site, 60 feet in width, likely once housed three townhouses, Bonstra said. "That understanding allowed us to come to terms with the appropriateness of the architecture."
The project also sits in the context of a rich history of commercial buildings on 14th Street, many of them built in the Nineteen-teens and Twenties as automotive showrooms. Back then, 14th Street was a trolley corridor and a place to window shop. "There was a tradition of retail and commercial buildings and we looked at that tradition as a model."
Bonstra said the building will contribute to the true mixed-use history of 14th Street, ultimately providing more of what the street lacks: neighborhood businesses and offices. The property also includes two historic townhouses north of the Granger warehouse building, but Perseus doesn't have plans to alter them at this time, Clarkson said, though those townhouses might get some interior improvements in the coming year.
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