Thursday, September 21, 2017

OPaL's Little Red Chapel Gets All Apple Store On Us

Updated sketch of our Little Red Chapel on Capitol Hill:: an uber contemporary addition to the rear of the historic chapel would allow us to move forward with our residential conversion of the chapel. This may not be the final version of what we build, but it sure would be great if it's anything like this. The glassy, contemporary stair tower at the rear corner reminds me of the Apple store on 5th Ave in NYC; it would be a great juxtaposition to the historic facade on the front. The architect added an image by Swoon to the glass side wall which is also interesting.  

This is the fun part. But so is framing day, paint day, landscape day and furniture day!

Design by GPS Designs:: Minturn, Colorado.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Building Permits in DC Aren't So Easy To Obtain. Unless They're From 117 Years Ago!

In order to obtain permits for one of our new projects in DC the process can take 7 to 9 months. An outrageous amount of time to wait for permits. The same process in Montgomery County will take no more than two months, with little to no headaches.  

However, in just two weeks we were able to submit a request to DC Archives in order to find the original permits for our latest historic conversion on the Hill. Turns out the original structure was built in 1900 with three additions in the 1940's and 1950's. 

What an interesting day we just had at the DC Archives! Below are photos of paperwork submitted for St. Matthews Parish in 1900.