The historic Patterson Mansion where P Street NW meets Dupont Circle is nearing the end of its transformation into apartments.
But on the outside, minus the construction-zone fencing and temporary signage, the building looks largely unchanged.
That’s because the project, which is slated to deliver 92 furnished micro-unit apartments in July, set out to preserve the historic home. It was built in 1903 for Chicago Tribune editor Robert Patterson and his wife when they moved to Washington, and later housed President Calvin Coolidge for a period when the White House underwent repairs. The mansion was named to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites in 1964 and in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Now, it enters a new chapter as developer Saul Urban’s flagship location of Ampeer, a rental building for short-term leases that seeks to draw everyone from government officials to graduate students to diplomats to young professionals — D.C.’s transient residents.
Saul Urban is also working on a second Ampeer site in Shaw’s Blagden Alley.
For what will become Ampeer Dupont Circle, the team rehabilitated some areas of the interior and attempted to recreate some of the historic finishes from the original home. The project also involved replacing the mansion’s addition with a new wing for more units, connected on three levels with a courtyard between the buildings.
The units range in size between 370 and 575 square feet, and vary in price from $2,800 to the upper $5,000 range. Rents include utilities, cable and internet, food and drink offerings — group breakfasts, happy hours — and other social programs. The mansion’s common areas include a cocktail bar in the original ballroom, a study and library, and a shared kitchen. These areas are also intended to host social gatherings and events for members, from a speaker series through a partnership with Politics and Prose to art shows through partnerships with The Phillips Collection and American University’s Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
Hartman-Cox Architects designed the project, which was approved in February 2014.
Take a tour through the mansion as it nears the end of its rehab.
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