As architect for the project, we designed the adaptive reuse of two historic, 19th century masonry and wood townhouses, collectively known as the Alive Roosevelt Longworth house. The buildings, which were occupied for many years by the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, were converted from residential to office use.
Our work conforms to the Historic Preservation Guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior and included adding an elevator and fire stair in the new construction at the rear. Period finishes and moldings were retained wherever possible. New fire rated separations were installed as required to meet current building codes. A new HVAC system was installed with minimum visual impact on the interior and exterior. The electrical system was replaced and new communications and security systems were installed.
The exterior was restored to its period condition on the street side. The completed work was approved by the Department of the Interior as a Tax Act Renovation.