DC’s iconic Wardman Tower — once home to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert Hoover, and actress Marlene Dietrich — is undergoing a complete restoration by The JBG Companies and slated for delivery this summer. The nine-story, historic building rests at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Woodley Road, NW with units ranging from $2.9 million – $9.9 million for penthouse homes (the priciest condominium property in DC to date). The Georgian Revival building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, is cradled by 2.5 acres of manicured gardens and was restored to preserve the existing architecture and return the building to its original grandeur.
The renovation of the Wardman Tower reveals 32 rare historic two- to four-bedroom homes ranging from 2,200-4,600 square feet. Designed by famed New York architect Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners (who also serves as Dean and Professor of the Yale School of Architecture), the renovated space pays tribute to the opulence of mid-century Paris while adding an open and contemporary feel. Each residence features 6” wide oak panel flooring with a classic herringbone pattern located in the living room and gallery, and rooms are framed with crown moldings and picture windows pre-wired for automated shades. Although Berke’s firm is well-versed in modern design, she pays homage to the traditional design aesthetic of the building while incorporating what has become the look and feel of 21st century Washington, with a nod to the city’s French designer, Pierre L’Enfant.
The custom Henry built kitchens include coastal gray polished quartz counters and marble backsplashes with chrome gooseneck faucets and stainless steel sinks. The luxurious finishes continue into the bathrooms, which include custom vanities, mosaic tile floors, marble tile walls, and radiant heated floors. New features and amenities include private balconies, both private and common rooftop terraces with 360 degrees of monument viewing, a 2,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center complete with a yoga studio, a resident library and lounge area that opens onto a private outdoor garden, private storage units and a minimum of two parking spaces per residence.