Historic Preservation

Community Three envisions our communities, neighborhoods, and cities as a story of our lived environment. Within its structures are the recollections of our relevant, shared experiences as well as the aesthetic of our permanence and continuity.

Some of Community Three’s recent Historic Preservation efforts include:

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Learn how Community Three’s building practices contribute to a cleaner and safer environment.

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Grimke School

The Schafer

Named as one of DC's Most Endangered Places, The Schafer fell quietly into disrepair after decades of neglect. Time took its toll on the hand-laid Flemish-bond brick building and adjacent carriage house while the building's hand-carved details were on the verge of being lost.
The restoration effort included a complete reconstruction of the building's grand wrap-around porch, ornate hardwood staircase, and all eight wood-burning fireplaces.

The Residences At St Monicas

Originally built in 1908, this glorious Capitol Hill landmark eventually reached the end of its life as a religious institution. Recognizing that this structure still had much more to give to the neighborhood, Community Three employed several unique reuse strategies, including renovation of the massive timber framing, restoration of the original stained glass windows, and repositioning key elements of the prior use (such as the altar and pews) into the final layout of each individual unique residence.

M Street Flats

In May 2007, led by the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services, "Operation: Fix It," a multi-agency initiative aimed at abating crime and blight, completed a collaborative cleanup effort at the property. Following that effort, Community Three saluted this public initiative by restoring the stylistic value inherent in the Victorian building with an inventive design solution, ultimately returning the majestic property back to service.

The Nine

The task began with careful design of the new infill structure, taking advantage of the massing and detailing inherent in both the original stable and the 1920s-era commercial storefront. Community Three carefully restored both facades – ultimately bringing new life to the neighborhood's commercial corridor as well as to Naylor Court, the intimate, pedestrian-oriented mid-block thoroughfare.