March 7, 2013 Mid-Century Modern

Harbour Square Deemed Historic

Harbour Square sign

The Historic Preservation Review Board voted Feb. 28  to list Chloethial Woodard Smith’s Harbour Square in Southwest in the DC Inventory of Historic Sites. The designation recognizes Harbour Square for its modern architecture by Smith and modern landscape design by Dan Kiley. Harbour Square will now be nominated to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.

“Built between 1963 and 1966, Harbour Square marked the beginning of Washington’s recognition as an incubator of first-rate architectural talent in the face of previous disrespect and skepticism,” says the community’s web site. “Its construction was a significant step in the redevelopment of Southwest Washington with its highly innovative design, mixed housing types, and effective use of green space.”

Designed as an upscale component of Southwest’s urban renewal during the 1950s and ’60s, Harbour Square  is a complex of 448 apartments and seventeen townhouses, including seven historic townhomes from late 18th and early 19th centuries, built around a monumental reflecting pool as part Kiley’s landscape design.

Some of the most breathtaking views in Washington can be had from the top of Harbour Square along the Southwest waterfront.

Smith and Kiley’s work is just steps away from Hideo Sasaki’s Waterside Park along the Washington Channel.

Here are a couple of shots of the lobby of one of the buildings. Large expanses of glass bring the outside in while new versions of period appropriate furniture are ready for you to relax in after a hard day of taking  in the views from the roof. I see one active listing currently on the market for $249K.