A few weeks ago, a commenter tipped me to the fact that an architecture firm is moving to the building under renovation at 1228 9th Street, NW, across from the convention center. This historic, Victorian-esque row home has undergone extensive renovations over the past year (you may recall that it was shrouded in a blue tarp for some time), and construction appears to be moving along steadily.
Upon closer inspection, I learned that the architecture firm that will soon move into the space is BELLArchitects , which currently is located on H Street, NE. BELLArchitects was formed in 1999 and has a varied practice, concentrating on community development opportunities in the District of Columbia. Their practice includes mixed-use, retail, residential, and institutional projects, and they specialize in difficult, urban sites, sustainable design, historic preservation and adaptive reuse.
I am excited about another architecture firm setting up shop in our great neighborhood. I think Shaw will benefit immeasurably from the presence of these creative class workers and the clients that will follow them here. I also think there is great potential for synergy between this architecture firm and existing galleries and businesses in Shaw; hopefully those connections will be made.
All to say, I look forward to welcoming BELLArchitects to the neighborhood!