5 luxury condos emerge from historic-style houses in D.C.’s Mount Pleasant

Posted in Project News on December 14th, 2016 by admin

The Washington Post

December 8, 2016


The Northwest Washington neighborhood of Mount Pleasant, consistently one of the most sought-after markets in the city for the past few years, is known for its stately rowhouses and a handful of single-family houses in the western part of the community as well as condos and apartments closer to the commercial center along Mount Pleasant Street.

Redfin brokerage named Mount Pleasant the fifth-hottest neighborhood in the United States at the beginning of 2016, with a median home price of $760,000.

Now five new condos in two adjacent buildings are pushing up prices in the neighborhood, listing for as much as $1.295 million.

Developer Matt Shkor at Potomac Construction and architect Michael Beidler of Trout Design renovated and remodeled a dilapidated single-family house at 1867 Park Rd. NW, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a three-unit condo. They built a two-unit condo building on an adjacent lot, at 1865 Park Rd. NW.

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New Project Just Completed!

Posted in Project News on June 29th, 2016 by admin

Re-Imagined Rowhouse/2 Car Parking/In-Law Suite

This incomparable renovation, designed by Michael Beidler of Trout Design Inc, is challenging every conventional idea of what we expect in an attached, urban townhouse. The marriage of period detail with contemporary design has never felt so good. The main level features open concept living implementing custom mill work and cabinetry to create separate spaces, each with a unique context. The dramatic Kitchen features an island of mined Quartzite adjoining a family area with gas fireplace and slate accent wall. The bedroom level has been redesigned to include 2 Master Suites and a 3rd bedroom en suite, all featuring crema marfil and carrera marble. Outdoor entertaining is maximized with a lovely deck off the family room, front sitting porch, and a LL bluestone terrace and water feature.


Old Italian Embassy Development Project Now Finally Underway After Many Years of Planning

Posted in Project News on March 24th, 2016 by admin

The InTowner

March 2016


The relatively small double block lots in Adams Morgan bounded by Mozart Place, Columbia Road, and 16th and Fuller Streets, will soon see the beginning of construction of the long-awaited, handsomely designed new luxury apartment building on Mozart and Fuller that incorporates the former Italian Embassy building that fronts on 16th Street next to the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and is being called Il Palazzo.


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Historic former embassy, long slated for condo conversion, sold to Dallas-based developer

Posted in Project News on July 1st, 2015 by admin

Washington Business Journal

June 24, 2015


The former Italian Embassy on 16th Street NW, the subject of a long-planned condominium conversion that just can’t get going, has sold to an active residential development company that may shift gears.

Dallas-based Mill Creek Residential Trust closed Tuesday on the $16.2 million acquisition of 2700 16th St. NW, a 44,000-square-foot lot on the border of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights that includes the historic 35,000-square-foot embassy building. Representatives for both the seller and buyer confirmed the deal.


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After years, The Flats at Il Palazzo–in the former Italian embassy–set to move forward

Posted in Project News on April 21st, 2014 by admin

Elevation DC


Work has begun on the transformation of the former Italian Embassy in Adams Morgan-Columbia Heights into more than 100 residential units. Although construction of the project, called The Flats at Il Palazzo, is not scheduled until winter of 2015 at the earliest, Michael Beidler, principal of Trout Design Studio, says that some exterior demolition and site work and some interior demolition are underway.

“The plan has not changed from the original [residential] program. But it has evolved and is in the process for the building permit from DCRA,” he says.

Architects from Trout Design Studio are collaborating with developer Potomac Construction Group on the reuse of the historic property at 2700 16th Street NW.


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Developers to convert former Italian Embassy into upscale condos

Posted in Project News on February 12th, 2014 by admin


Washington Post

February 5, 2014

Potomac Construction Group is getting ready to begin transforming the former Italian Embassy in Adams Morgan into “Il Palazzo,” an upscale condominium complex that will give new life to the long-shuttered historic site.

The Washington-based developers, working with architects from Trout Design Studio, plan an eight-story addition behind the original embassy building at 16th and Fuller streets NW, in what the Zoning Commission has referred to as “a modernist ‘hyphen’ connecting the old with the new.”

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Dupont Circle Condo Project Gets Haircut

Posted in Project News on March 13th, 2013 by admin

Urban Turf

March 7, 2013

Trout Design Studio has adjusted plans for the condos they are building on top of a Dupont Circle office building, eliminated one planned story.

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Urban Turf Covers Our Design Presentation for 1337 Connecticut Avenue

Posted in Project News on January 11th, 2013 by admin

Urban Turf featured our design presentation for 1337 Connecticut Avenue. This unique concept adds residential units above existing retail space. Read the full article from Urban Turf here.

Graphisoft BIM Engine Blog Interviews Trout Design

Posted in Project News on November 17th, 2011 by admin

BIM Engine Blog

June 14, 2011

By: Marymosc

The team at Trout Design Studio, a full- service Architectural and Interior Design firm and long-time ArchiCAD user, is successfully expanding the firm’s scope of work from high-end, single family residential projects to include condominiums and apartment buildings.  As part of that expansion; Trout Design took on a renovation project with the Potomac Construction Group and Valor Development at the former Italian Embassy. Together, they’re transforming a historic landmark on 16th and Fuller St. NW in Washington DC into a luxury condominium project – called “Il Palazzo”.

The design creates a 110-115 condominium unit building with 75-100 parking spaces. There will be a semi-private outdoor pool and a residential tower on the corner of Mozart and Fuller that blends into its surrounding context. Trout Design has been working with the developer to preserve the exterior of the Italian Embassy as well as some of the more magnificent spaces inside: the grand foyer, monumental staircase, the ballroom, and the library.

Until today, the building had gone through many failed attempts at being developed. According to Trout Design owner Michael Beidler, they have managed to move more easily through the administrative process that goes along with working on a historical landmark and bring the project further than any of the three previous firms assigned.

I had a chance to speak with Trout Design owner, Michael Beidler and BIM manager on the project, Rob Robert, recently and find out what is the secret of their success on this project.

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Zoning Commission OKs project at old embassy site

Posted in Project News on November 7th, 2011 by admin

The Dupont Current

November 2, 2011

By: Brady Holt

Developers of the former Italian Embassy property in the Adams Morgan area received final Zoning Commission approval last Thursday to build more than 100 apartment units on the site.

The commission had offered preliminary approval for the Il Palazzo project in September, but noted concerns about parking and the possibility of future development blocking views from some units. Moving some of the apartments around within the building satisfied the commission, which voted 4-0 to let the project move forward.


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