Boom Condo Compound
posted by November 2 at 15:15 PMon
Remember the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Capitol Hill? Well, memories are all you’ll have.
A towering crane now emerges from between the tree-lined avenues of Harvard E and Broadway E near St. Mark’s Cathedral, where the dilapidated white building stood. The site will be home to Harvard & Highland (named for the cross streets), which will have 38 condo units priced at $1.3 million and up.
This is the only photo I took that begins to convey the project’s size—it consumes a little more than half of a double-sized block. Fucking huge. Like, that little gray building next to St. Mark’s is the massive Sam Hill House.
Harvard & Highland will comprise five squat buildings, forming a compound of luxury. They’re real pretty, for condos, and they fit with the neighborhood okay. Renderings and more after the jump.
This is the bird's eye view.
And this is the dog's eye view.
Not bad. But the promotion, which sounds like it was written by Stewie from Family Guy, doesn't completely match the drawing: “The grounds at Harvard & Highland will feature beautifully landscaped gardens, gracious courtyards and artistic water features—all enclosed with brick walls, cedar hedges, and wrought iron fencing.” Enclosed with brick walls? Ugh. Makes me think of Broadmoor, which never struck me as the sort of place people were clamoring to enter, anyway.
A chart on the Web page compares H&H to downtown high-rises. One of the categories, called “Prestige” says downtown high rises are “One of Many Similar Buildings," but H&H is a “Unique Walled Estate.” Again, ugh.
But all in all, this will be better than the usually-vacant Scottish Rite building, which has moved, and its expansive, cracked parking lot. Oh, and those tree lined avenues… they’ll have at least one less tree.
The new digs will be ready by early 2009.