HiRise Windows Partners on Condo Conversion for Historic DC Property

Dupont Circle’s Somerset House Gets Needed Restoration as Part of Conversion

 ROCKVILLE, MD (January 20, 2014) – Originally built in 1917 by renowned architect Harry Wardman, Somerset House, located on 16th Street at S Street NW, has been converted to a condominium development. As part of the conversion process, new windows, a new roof, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems were installed. The seven-story building features 84 oversized residential units.

The building now offers modern amenities and conveniences, but remains historically distinct with its pre-war architectural design aesthetic. The homes in all the residences now feature large, thermal double-hung windows, installed by HiRise Windows. Original windows were replaced with aluminum, energy-efficient models. A custom aluminum molding was used to match the original design accents. High ceilings, crown molding, and restored original hardwood flooring are complemented by marble baths, granite kitchen countertops and upgraded Kohler fixtures. The resulting marriage of old-world charm with modern finishes and design touches was the vision for the development team.

“We were proud to work with Tenacity Group to help restore this landmark building. This project required meticulous craftsmanship to bring sustainability and modern conveniences to a historic property,” said HiRise Windows CEO Kevin Vincent.

Additional amenities include a fitness center, ample bike storage and private wine storage areas, located in an air-conditioned wine room with a tasting table and seating. The condos are studio or one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom floor plan options, which include entry foyers. Particularly notable is the dramatic white-and-black marble lobby, restored to its original glory.


About HiRise Windows

Founded in 2004, HiRise Windows is a leading window and door replacement firm with a portfolio of high-profile commercial and residential projects throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and beyond. Projects range from new construction to renovation for condominium and apartment complexes, as well as historic and commercial properties.