The Columbia Heights neighborhood started in 1815 as a purchase of acreage previously part of the Pleasant Plains estate. Soon after the Civil War, Columbia Heights started to develop as a suburb of Washington. The neighborhood’s past is illustrious, as it was the chosen home of many of Washington’s highly influential people. The northern portion of modern Columbia Heights was, until the 1880s, part of the village of Mount Pleasant. Named for Columbian College, now The George Washington University, Columbia Heights was targeted for upscale building around 1900 and designed to attract Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers and upper level Federal government workers.
By 1914, four streetcar lines gave the neighborhood access to downtown within 20 minutes ride. The popularity of the neighborhood lead to construction of several large apartment buildings, changing the character of the area from suburban to more urban and densely populated. The neighborhood retained its upscale appeal through the 1960s, until the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Much of the 14th Street Corridor was ravaged. Many homes and shops remained vacant for decades.
To many, diversity is the heart of the Columbia Heights community. In 1999, the city announced an initiative for a renaissance of the neighborhood that focused around the newly opened Columbia Heights Metro station. With the return of residents and economic development, considerable gentrification occurred quickly. In contrast to some gentrified neighborhoods, however, Columbia Heights retained its phenomenal diversity.
Jonathan Kuhn Architect was established in June 2012 in Washington DC, with the belief that every client deserves unique attention. Whether it’s a residential remodel or small commercial design project, we bring an unwavering passion for great design and years of experience in the industry. Residential projects have included new homes, additions, and renovations ranging in style from modern architecture to historic structures. For commercial projects we have collaborated with clients to create inviting office environments, design luxury condos, and craft engaging public spaces. We serve Washington DC and the surrounding area but are also licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New York.
The way we work is really an extension of Jonathan’s personality – honest, open, and engaged. Some clients come to JKA inspired with a vision while others only have a general sense of what they’d like to achieve. We love to work with both – and everything in between. It’s an ongoing conversation and why our collaborative approach is key to our success. By carefully listening to our clients’ stated (and sometimes unarticulated) goals, we hone in on key design elements and strategies to incorporate. We take into account every detail, from materials to lighting, that contributes to the physical and emotional response to architecture. It’s only after understanding how our clients interact, both physically and emotionally, with their environment, that we can create solutions that exceed our clients’ goals and expectations.
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With over $250 million dollars in sales and 20 years of experience, the District Residential Group team creates innovative strategies for our clients buying and selling property in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. We uniquely tailor our services to each of our clients’ circumstances, remaining in constant communication as a team in order to ensure consistent coverage that sets a new standard. We understand that every home is unique, it tells a story and so should the marketing.
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