This prominent National Register listed property, the Old Naval Hospital (c. 1865), has been transformed from a vacant and neglected property into a vibrant and welcoming community center in the heart of the Capitol Hill Historic District of Washington, DC.
The rehabilitation was implemented in three phases by two separate clients, the property owner and the long-term leaseholder. The rehabilitation of the entire site included the historic main building and its carriage house as well as the ornamental iron fence surrounding the property. The project was funded in part by syndicated Historic rehabilitation Tax Credits and Energy Efficiency Grants. The Old Naval Hospital is now The Hill Center, a community center with classrooms, interactive computer center, demonstration kitchen, offices and art studios.
Work on the building included: restoration of wood portico, cast iron stairs, rehabilitation of ornamental iron fence, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the entire site: new energy efficient elevator to all 4 stories, geoexchange system to avoid the use of a cooling tower on site, ADA accessibility, regraded landscape, rain garden for optimized storm water management, and the maximized preservation and reuse of the historic fabric of the building.