Update on Development at 3205 Georgia — To be Called “The Gibson”
Here is some brief news concerning the condo under construction at 3205 Georgia Avenue. While overall it has been progressing nicely, I’ve just learned that the developer has decided not to complete the building as originally designed. As you can see below, the original design included a large cornice at the top of the building. It has been brought to my attention that the owner — in an attempt to save money — has decided to cut this corner.
(Rendering of 3205 Georgia as originally designed)
Overall, I think this is unfortunate. The building’s traditional design with the use of brick on the upper floors and stone on the first level really begs for some architectural feature at the top. As it now stands, the building appears unfinished as there is no counterbalance to the mass at the base of the structure.
What is puzzling to me is the great attention to detail that has been given to the rest of the building, including the exterior lighting and the decorative “shade” awnings that don’t do anything practical (but do help to reduce the mass of the first level visually by drawing the eye down to a more human scale).
As I reported in September 2012, the building when completed the building will have thirty-one 1- and 2-bedroom units when completed. Of those, 5 are planned to be affordable (but no details have been provided as to what kind of affordability that will be).
According to a recent post on Elevation DC, the property’s owner is Matcap Development with the developer being Potomac Construction Group. The building has tentatively been named “The Gibson” and it is expected to begin renting this summer.
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