Press Release 09/22/2017

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September 22, 2017

U.S. Commission of Fine Arts Unanimously Approves A Bolder Concept for the Transformation of the West Heating Plant (7-0)

Washington, D.C. -- On Wednesday, September 20th, David Adjaye and Laurie Olin returned to The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts to present their revised design for the redevelopment of Georgetown’s West Heating Plant in response to the Commission’s request at the May 18th meeting that Adjaye be bolder and less literal in his articulation of the reconstructed portion of the building. The Commission had asked Olin to find a way of integrating more of the site’s industrial history into his vision of the public park that will cover the 1+ acre coal yard. CFA’s extremely positive decision follows the ANC's recent unanimous vote (6-0) in favor of the project.

The first indication of the Commission’s response was an emphatic “WOW!” from one of the Commissioners at the completion of Adjaye’s presentation. Prior to their unanimous vote of Chairman Powell’s motion to approve the bolder vision, the Commissioners offered supportive comments, declaring the design “exceeded expectations,” and shared constructive suggestions to consider as the project moves forward. The Commission saw the revised design as an inspired approach to preservation.

On November 2nd, the development team will go before the D.C. Historic Preservation Board to make a full presentation of the project featuring the design approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

Located at 1051 29th Street, NW, the redeveloped West Heating Plant will include approximately 60 Four Seasons Private Residences in a LEED-certified building directly across the C&O Canal from the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. The public park, to be situated above what has been the West Heating Plant’s coal yard and oil field, captures a one-time opportunity to create a long sought link between Rock Creek Park and the Georgetown Waterfront and a place to recall Georgetown’s past as an important industrial area and port town.


Sir David Adjaye, recently knighted by the Queen, is the founder and principal architect Adjaye Associates with offices in London and New York City. The firm has received worldwide attention for its designs of notable private and public residences in New York and London, and for its civic projects including: the Francis Gregory and Bellevue Public Libraries in Washington; Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art; the Moscow School of Management; The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo; the Idea Stores in London, and of course, the highly regarded National Museum of African American History and Culture which opened on the National Mall last September and has already logged over two million visitors.

Laurie Olin, landscape architect for the proposed West Heating Plant park, is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of his firm's signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C. to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.

The Development Team for West Heating Plant is comprised of The Levy Group, The Georgetown Company and The Four Seasons, who are connected by appreciation for and experience in the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.


Stephanie Lowet
(301) 537-5556