Located in the Mount Vernon Triangle Historic District, 925 5th street NW is a new 54,000-gsf residential building. Situated on a mid-block parcel on 5th street, in-between K Street and I Street, the 47 residential units are distributed on the top 10 stories. The north portion of the site is in Square B and D of the Mount Vernon Triangle Principal Intersection Area.
The original building, built in 1946 and designed by W. Ellis Groben, a local architect, was designed for Director Company, a prominent kosher meat distributor. The polychrome panel on the ground floor facade along 5th street is the only original portion of the building that’s still standing. The openings of the storefront have been added on and changed throughout the years. The original panel was used as a signage band that once read ‘Director’s Deli’, letters are faintly visible today under a coat of paint. The polychrome panel will be stripped, restored and then integrated as part of the building base composition, creating a focal point for the pedestrian experience.
The base of the building was designed to be complimentary in material and to relate proportionally with adjacent buildings. Large storefront windows activate the ground floor level and are reminisce of the buildings original function. The glass walls on the right hand side of the building brought the vocabulary and materiality from the top portion of the building slide down to the pedestrian level defining the residential
Source: WDG Architecture