Carr Properties-Office Developer; J.M. Zell-Theater Developer


620 F Street NW

Washington, DC

295,000 GSF, 27400 M2


Award of Excellence, Best Real Estate Deals (Architecture), Best Urban Office

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SmithGroupJJR's involvement in the D.C. Arts District spans two decades, a depth of experience that has helped the F Street corridor to become a flourishing urban destination. Consisting of both new development and renewal of historic structures for office, retail, residential and culture, the renaissance of the Downtown East portion of Washington, D.C.—and in particular the city block known as Square 456—reached its culmination in this unusual mixed-use structure.

Successfully accommodating two divergent building users—the Harman Center for the Arts/Shakespeare Theater and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers—the thoughtful building solution provides compatible, yet separate identities for both, creating a modern and vibrant workplace for the union while capitalizing on the dynamism and activity of the theater.

SmithGroupJJR led detailed coordination of the design team to ensure the theater has the acoustical isolation it demands. Likewise, the team worked with zoning authorities and the Historic Preservation Review Board to guarantee the projecting glass façade withstood all scrutiny, ultimately complementing the surrounding neighborhood and urban context.