The original 100-year-old brick building stands within blocks of the U.S. Capitol in Northeast Washington, D.C. The neighborhood preservation society required historic details to fit neighborhood context. After eight months of negotiations, Ruppert and his architect, Gregory Sparhawk of GPS Designs, finally won the approval of the two highly particular review boards. The finalized design for the second-story addition features zinc siding panels set in an oversized brick pattern with black steel-framed windows placed in a classic Federal-style sequence.
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