Located in the Naylor Court/Blagden Alley Historic District of Washington, DC, The Nine represents a solution to the challenges of an irregularly-shaped site that is host to one of DC's last remaining Civil War stables. Working closely with historic preservation officials, Community Three set out to restore the endangered structure and reenergize a part of one of DC's most cherished neighborhoods.
The task began with careful design of the new infill structure, taking advantage
of the massing and detailing inherent in both the original stable and the 1920s-era commercial storefront. Community Three carefully restored both facades – ultimately bringing new life to the neighborhood's commercial corridor as well as to the intimate, pedestrian-oriented mid-block thoroughfare.
Community Three also coordinated its efforts with its contractors, materials suppliers, and design consultants to create a comprehensive sustainable approach that would increase the finished building's energy efficiency and minimize its impact on the natural environment. By targeting the most appropriate strategies that would increase future energy efficiency but not increase project cost, Community Three created a proactive and transferable system for efficiently conserving building energy.
The Nine is more than a typical infill revitalization effort – it is an example of how both historical sensitivity and environmental stewardship can enhance our urban environment for generations to come.