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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Historic Preservation Panel OKs Italian Embassy Project

Posted in Project News on October 6th, 2011 by admin

The Dupont Current

August 3, 2011

By: Deirdre Bannon

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board last week conditionally approved the latest design plans for Il Palazzo, a 110-unit condominium project proposed for the 16th Street site of the former Italian Embassy.


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Old Italian Embassy Redevelopment Moves Closer to Implementation with Neighborhood Groups and Developer Agreeing to Community Benefits Package

Posted in Project News on October 6th, 2011 by admin

The InTowner

July 9, 2011

By: Anthony L. Harvey

At a crowded, standing room only meeting on July 5th of the Adams Morgan ANC’s Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee, the proposed Il Palazzo Planned Unit Development (PUD) project for the long-vacant former Italian Embassy site at 16th and Fuller Streets was unanimously endorsed by the committee, together with amenity or community benefits package for transmittal as an agenda item at the full ANC’s July 6th monthly meeting, where passage, after further discussion, was also unanimously adopted.


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Ciao Bella?

Posted in Project News on August 1st, 2011 by admin

The DC MUD blog

July 21, 2011

Valor Development is moving forward with its current vision to turn the former Italian Embassy at 2700 16th St., NW into a residential complex – known as “Il Palazzo” – and will visit the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) next week for design approval.

Valor has submitted design schematics for the preservation of the existing 3-story limestone building and the addition of two towers (5 and 8-stories tall), time will tell if the concepts by Trout Design Studio will sink or swim with the HPRB. Representing Trout Design will be principal Michael Beidler, along with designer Patrick Cooke, and a few others from the small, local firm, which declined to divulge details in advance of the upcoming meeting.

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ANC Backs Italian Embassy Conversion

Posted in Project News on August 1st, 2011 by admin

The Dupont Current

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Il Palazzo, a proposed 110-unit condominium project on the former site of the Italian Embassy on 16th Street, is a step closer to breaking ground.

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