Thomas Ustick Walter, the architect best known for the dome of the U.S. Capitol, originally designed Portico Row, a group of 16 red brick houses, in the early 1830s. By the time Richard M. Cole & Associates was commissioned to renovate two adjoining houses in the row, the pair had suffered the effects of drastic alterations, neglect and fire.

Working with both federal and local historic preservation authorities, the architect conducted comprehensive structural analysis and in-depth historical assessment and crafted a creative approach to the restoration, renovation and reuse of the buildings. The result is a historically accurate exterior restoration; inside are 12 new and unique residential units, ranging from single floor to tri-level, with private gardens, balconies and roof decks.

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