Washington’s Patterson Mansion to get boutique hotel transformation

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US: Atlanta-based french Quarter Hospitality is planning to convert the historic Patterson Mansion by Dupont Circle in Washington DC in to a boutique hotel.

French Quarter Hospitality has a contract to buy the 111-year old property from the Washington Club, which listed it for sale at $26 million over the summer. The building has hosted some famous names over the years including US president Calvin Coolidge.

The company has appointed Studio 3877 Architects to design the project, which would include a six-storey addition, using the building’s first two floors for lounges, a bar and a restaurant. The upper floors would be reserved for hotel rooms, while a two-storey wing of the building that was added in the 1950s will be demolished and replaced.

The proposals are likely to meet serious resistance from Washington‘s historic preservation groups. The city’s Historic Preservation Review Board is scheduled to consider the proposal on October 24. Board member Steve Callcott is recommending the board reject the plans as proposed because the addition and design would go against the Patterson’s historic architecture and design.

Callcott said: “From an architectural standpoint, it is not compatible with the landmark or its immediate context. The addition is incompatibly tall in relationship to the Patterson House, whose cornice, roof line and chimneys are distinctive features that would be greatly diminished when no longer seen against the sky.”

www.frenchquarterhospitality.com

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