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What was most recently the Dupont Circle outpost of Phase I—a lesbian bar on Barracks Row—and LGBT clubs Apex and Badlands before then will become office or retail space after a local real estate firm renovates the site.
Rock Creek Property Group announced today that it will begin to restore the historic Codman Carriage House at 1415 22nd St. NW this week after its plans received positive reviews from the Historic Preservation Review Board and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The company will make 10,000 square feet of space available across two floors. The work involves replicating the building’s original carriage-house doors, repairing the façade and slate roof, and either refurbishing or replacing windows. The interior will be “modern,” with high ceilings and skylights.
Architect Ogden Codman, Jr. built the two-story stable in 1907 for his cousin Martha Codman, “a New England heiress who spent the winter social season in Washington,” according a November report by D.C.’s Historic Preservation Office. The building was granted landmark status in 1995 and has remained vacant since 2015.
“Our goal with this property is to bring it back to life,” says Gary Schlager, principal of Rock Creek. “After years of neglect, the original grandeur of the architecture was lost.” The building is set to open in April, but Rock Creek is still seeking a tenant to lease it. OTJ Architects designed the project, while Eichberg Construction will fix it up.
Across the street from the Codman Carriage House lies the landmarked Embassy Gulf Service Station, now home to Sunoco gas pumps. Marx Realty and its architect have recently delayed plans to redevelop that site.