Washington DC restores entire historic building, not just facade, by moving it

While many old District buildings have been turned into rubble to make way for new developments, some historic edifices are nudged, at great expense, down the block.

One such painstakingly preserved townhouse in Mount Vernon Triangle will soon be turned into a boutique condo building.

Last year, the 1906-built townhouse at 465 New York Ave. NW (Washington, DC) was gingerly placed on rollers and moved a few yards west, to the edge of the property line, to make way for Homewood Suites’ 13-story, 163-room hotel project.

While preservationists often mandate that the facade of a historic building be restored, maintaining the entire structure is a relatively new trend.

Now, Willco Residential plans to restore the property, now addressed at 475 New York Ave. NW, and construct seven one- and two-bedroom condo units inside of it.

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