Innovative Redevelopment Leads to Stable Funding For This Non-Profit

14 August 2019
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Photo courtesy of David Madison Photography, Inc.

Whitman-Walker Health System, a non-profit community health center devoted to the LGBTQ community, and private developer Fivesquares Development, partnered to transform two historic DC buildings. ­

The two buildings, located on 14th Street, have been redesigned into a mixed-use development called “Liz.” The new development will create stable, long-term funding for Whitman-Walker, allowing the non-profit to offer more services and keep majority ownership of the historic property. The development acts as a central hub for the community, offering outdoor and retail space, and public art.

Residents are already moving into the 78 apartment units spread over four floors. The development also features 60,000 SF of office space across two floors that will house Whitman-Walker’s administrative offices. Goethe-Institute, a non-profit German cultural association, will occupy a floor of the building for office space. The ground floor will be made up of 20,000 SF of retail space and the Whitman-Walker Cultural Center, a space committed to serving the LGBTQ community.

The building’s architect, Annabelle Selldorf, designed the building to be outfitted in terracotta and glass. Selldorf used colors and materials inspired by the original design of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, the new development’s namesake and previous home of the Whitman-Walker administrative offices.

Henry Adams provided the MEP engineering design for the development.

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