Then and Now: 14th and Vermont @ Thomas Circle

portland-flatsThen: The Portland Flats, designed by architect Adolph Cluss and built in 1879. This was Washington’s first luxury apartment building, and comparable to the Watergate today. When it opened, rents were $150 a month, an unheard of price, considering that a house in Mount Pleasant could be rented for $50 a month. The building was razed in 1962.

thomas-circle-14th-and-vermontNow: The aesthetically sterile Residence Inn. This building replaced the Portland Flats and originally was an office building. It has undergone some facade changes since its construction, but generally reads the same.

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One Response to “Then and Now: 14th and Vermont @ Thomas Circle”

  1. These posts make me so sad. I think of what was, replaced by… blah.

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