This week, as we continue our look at Best in American Living Awards trends, we’re visiting the Mid-Atlantic to see what our judges noticed there:
High-density: Monroe Street Market’s transformative use of The Catholic University of America’s South Campus (Washington, DC) fulfills a market need, creates unique student and family housing, and provides much-needed retail to the area.
A connection to the arts in all its forms encourages artists and art enthusiasts to share culture by providing studio space where artists can make, show, and sell their wares. Monroe Street Market advances the multifamily industry’s potential through creativity and a focus on authenticity, spurring renewed interest in quality and unique projects.
Mix of materials (wood, stone, copper, etc.): The Varsity on Charles was originally built in 1937 to serve as the gateway to Baltimore’s pedigreed and historic Guilford neighborhood. Brick was laid over the top layer of clay tile, an effective solution to retaining the historic character without compromising structural integrity. All windows required proper historic replacement alongside extensive repair of the dramatic mansion copper roof, which enabled the development of a clubhouse with exterior decks. The team incorporated varied floorplans to resolve a challenging building layout that features multiple floorplan step-ins as the building ascends.
Architect: Grant Architects
Remodeler: Clark Builders Group
Interior Designer: Freedom Design
Developer: Potomac Holdings, LLC
Land Planner: CMR Engineering
Interior Merchandiser: Freedom Furniture
Winners of the Best in American Living Awards are at the forefront of innovative design and provide a preview of design trends to come over the next several years. Next week, we’ll look at the South Atlantic.