Mobile Tour: REmodel, REduce, and Repurpose on Capitol Hill

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Thursday, October 5, 2017
10 a.m. - noon EDT

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Take a walking tour of historic Capitol Hill while learning about four adaptive reuse projects that are breathing new life into one of DC’s most storied neighborhoods. Get off the Metro at Potomac Station and begin the tour at Watkins Alley, tucked behind the storefronts and classic row houses of Capitol Hill. Alleyways filled with workshops and warehouses have teemed with activity for over 150 years, hidden from the view of passersby on the street. Now one of these icons of DC's past is being transformed into a thriving community, privately situated just steps from the Potomac Avenue Metro and Harris Teeter. Watkins Alley reflects the eclectic mingling of Capitol Hill itself with 44 city homes in a unique mix of vintage industrial on the alleys and classic Victorians along E Street.

Across the street, participants will see the complete renovation the iconic Buchanan School, built in 1895 and redeveloped into 41 condos which will eventually be fronted by townhomes along the street. The units in the shuttered three-story, red-brick school building will range in size from 615 - 1,350 square feet with clean modern layouts.

From there we will go to see the city homes of Cluss Alley where every bedroom is a suite, private, garage parking is a given, and a ground floor without dividing walls opens fully to the outdoors. Yet your doorstep is tucked away behind the row homes of the city for incomparable privacy and prestige, Cluss Alley is a spellbinding masterwork of contemporary design.

Finally, we will take a 15 minute walk to the final project while the tour leader tells the group about the opportunities and challenges of doing adaptive reuse in the District of Columbia. The last stop, New Union Garage was a working garage built in 1906 and tucked between residential rowhomes. The New Union Garage features three beautiful, one level homes with 2-3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, garage parking and most with an outdoor terrace. The tour will end a short walk from the Union Station Metro. 


Sean Ruppert

Invited Speaker

Sean Ruppert, principal and managing member of OPaL LLC, grew up on a small horse farm in suburban Baltimore County, the youngest in a competitive and entrepreneurial family. After graduating from Loyola University, Sean moved to the National Capital Area in 1994 and began his successful career in the new ... Read More

Martin Ditto

Invited Speaker

Martin Ditto, Martin is chief executive and leads all development activities at Ditto Residential. He is responsible for sourcing acquisitions and investment opportunities, as well as overseeing design direction and growth strategy. He previously worked in development at Bozzuto and Monument Realty. Martin has a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt ... Read More

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