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Glass House

Glass House “It gets better,” whispers architect Scarlett Breeding, touring a new home she designed near Annapolis. Surveying this virtually transparent steel, glass, and stone creation with sweeping water views,  […]

Landmark Case

The Sherman Building—a 160-year-old National Historic Landmark known as the “Old Soldiers’ Home”—was among several important DC buildings damaged by the 2011 earthquake. Entire sections of masonry collapsed and the […]

Balancing Act

Balancing Act Eight years ago, a fire almost destroyed an 1891 wood-frame house in Garrett Park, Maryland, where such Victorian-era architecture is revered. Town preservationists hoped the burned dwelling could […]

Ask the Pros: Architecture

Ask the Pros: Architecture What should homeowners building on the water be aware of regarding critical area law? Don’t assume anything. Critical area regulations are complicated and sometimes difficult to understand, particularly […]

River Dance

River Dance While flipping through a newspaper, architect Theresa del Ninno noticed an enticing advertisement for a waterfront property offering sunset views. That led her to check out the for-sale […]

Water’s Edge

The owners of a property on Maryland’s Sinepuxent Bay decided to replace their existing home with a new one better oriented towards water views. They tapped architect Jason Pearce to […]

In the Round

In the Round Architect Wayne Good was asked to overhaul a 1930s Cape Cod on Round Bay near Annapolis. “The existing house put all its energy into fronting the street,” […]

Work Space

Work Space Amidst three pastoral acres in Annapolis, Marta Hansen plies her craft. Housed in a quaint, ivy-clad cottage, her studio feels like an extension of the surrounding landscape—which was […]

Charm City Revival

Charm City Revival Built in 1926 as a Federal Reserve bank in Second Renaissance Revival style, this Baltimore grand dame was noted for its dramatic, arched doorways and imposing façade. […]

Embassy Glow

Embassy Glow When architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens designed the British Embassy in Washington, he could see the Washington Monument from its site on a then-rural stretch of Massachusetts Avenue. […]

Going Modern

Going Modern Building a new house typically requires choosing an architectural style and sticking with it through construction. Countering this practice, a couple combined both historical and contemporary designs to […]

Suite Life

Suite Life You can’t see it until you swing around the driveway of this well-appointed stone house in McLean, but once a guest arrives at the milky-white paneled door surrounded […]

Back to School

Back to School Located near the Capitol in Northwest DC, Dunbar Senior High School began life as America’s first public high school for African Americans. The venerable 1916 building was […]

Signature Style

Signature Style A Nantucket vacation provided inspiration for the sleek, spare design of a Northwest DC apartment. The homeowners—both attorneys—stayed in a cottage designed by Jacobsen Architecture and fell in […]

Farmhouse Living

Farmhouse Living Framed by a gentle slope in front and wooded hills rolling toward the horizon at back, a new home in McLean, Virginia, blends so naturally into its pastoral […]

Show Me the Way

Show Me the Way A visit to the National Building Museum this summer might require a bit more path finding than usual—if you dare to enter the BIG Maze, that […]

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