Morton St. Mews Design Evolves in Interesting Way

I haven’t posted about OPaL’s Morton St. Mews project in a while. Overall, I like the direction it is going. Readers may recall that when news of this development was shared in February 2014, the vision included reconfiguring the modest church structure into 10 two-level condos. A drawing from that time showing how this would look is included below.

Morton Street Brownstones & Church

While the church structure — located at 777 Morton Street — is unassuming, it was later learned that it was designed by African-American architect William Sidney Pittman in 1905 and was his first Washington commission as a professional architect. OPaL is also aware of this significant architectural legacy and has revised their plans accordingly.


The revised renderings (above and below) show a more sensitive and interesting treatment of the notable structure. You can compare the design in the revised drawing with how the church originally looked here.

OPAL1402 Morton Elevation

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2 Comments on “Morton St. Mews Design Evolves in Interesting Way”

  1. K Says:

    Thanks for sharing the changes. The history is quite interesting and the revision seems to be more respectful and unique.

    Is there a time frame on this project? If I remember correctly, originally it was set to deliver in early 2015.

  2. Mojo Nixon Says:

    I hope they bring back the detail from the church’s past rather than further removing it. The new houses have a cartoonish looking sense verticality, with out of portion windows and roofs but better that these get built than nothing.

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