Meet 1772 Church: 2020 MHN Excellence Gold Winner, ‘Adaptive Reuse’
- Jan 28, 2021
Hickok Cole helped bring a vision for Washington, D.C.’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church to reality, transforming the late 19th century house of worship and its 1920s-era parish into a mixed-use property featuring not just a new home for the church but 51 residential units, as well. The project, at 1772 Church St., called on the team to work around fire-damaged segments of the original building. The result was a property that deftly blends restored elements of the English Gothic-style church with the repurposed parish hall and a modern multifamily building cloaked in a cutting-edge facade.
Composed of three distinct sections, the connected structures serve as a tangible architectural history lesson that can be absorbed with just one look. The judges noted that the same commitment to deftly blending the old with the new is evident throughout 1772 Church. The 18,000-square-foot church, crowned by a green roof, boasts a chapel and fellowship hall, as well as offices, a kitchen and an events terrace. The restored cloister entrance serves as the gateway to the 47,869-square-foot residential segment.