Plans Submitted for Residential Conversion of Pittman’s Morton Street Church Building

The Trinity AME Zion Church in 1906, shortly after completion.

The Trinity AME Zion Church in 1906, shortly after completion.

Opal DC dba Morton Street Mews LLC recently filed their paperwork with the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) to convert architect William Sidney Pittman’s 1905 church at 777 Morton Street into housing as part of their Morton Street Mews project.

According to the application, the nature of the relief sought by the application is to allow an addition onto the church structure at the rear that would exceed the height limit in Section 330.7 of the Zoning Code.

The developer proposes to preserve and convert the existing structure into an apartment house. The entire original 1905 structure will be preserved and enhanced. The formstone that now covers the church building will be removed, and the south, east, and west elevations will be restored with brick to closely resemble their original appearance. All original architectural details on the front (south)  facade, such as the peaked roof and flanking turrets, will be retained. Additionally the gables on the west and east elevations of the original church will be retained and restored.

This BZA case is currently schedule to go before the Board sometime in September. A better idea of what is in store for the church can be seen in the drawings below.

Morton Street Mews church plans 2(Morton Street elevation.)

Morton Street Mews church plans 1(West elevation, facing Sherman Avenue.)

Morton Street Mews church plans 3(East elevation, facing the alley.)

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2 Comments on “Plans Submitted for Residential Conversion of Pittman’s Morton Street Church Building”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    I don’t think we could ask for more considerate development.

  2. JS Says:

    I really, really hope the vinyl or hardi-plank siding on the Sherman Ave. elevation is replaced by brick when this thing is actually built.


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