Cooper Carry-designed Columbia Place opens in Washington, D.C.

Design firm Cooper Carry has completed Columbia Place, a 12-story mixed-use development with hospitality, residential and retail offerings in the Shaw Historic District in Washington, D.C. The adaptive reuse project incorporates eight historic buildings, including a Civil War-era home.

The $230 million development consisted of a dual-branded hotel component with underground parking along with more than 200 apartments. The project is located adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Marriott Marquis Convention Hotel.

Cooper Carry joined forces with tvsdesign on both Columbia Place and the nearby Marriott Marquis convention center hotel.


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According to Bob Neal, principal with Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio, the design of Columbia Place celebrates the architectural history of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw District while giving a nod to the entrepreneurial spirit of the surrounding area. Cooper Carry integrated a variety of distinctive design elements throughout this project.

The distinctive urban infill development features a 357-room Courtyard by Marriot hotel, a 147-room Residence Inn, 203 apartments (The Lurgan), 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, 4,000 square feet of rooftop amenities and 10,000 square feet of shared meeting space.

A key design component of the LEED Silver project was the integration of historical row houses and existing buildings. A three-story, 160-year-old Civil War-era townhome was moved from its original location and incorporated into the project within the dual-brand hotel. Seven additional historic buildings and the existing Lurgan Building were restored and reused for street-level retail as part of the project plan to further enhance the residential experience and preserve the area’s historic character.

Photo credit: Cooper Carry

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