Hill & Hurtt Architects

Bloomingdale Victorian

Following several poorly realized renovations and many years of neglect, new owners of this end-unit rowhouse in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC wanted to recapture the Victorian character of the original structure while updating the home with a new kitchen and bathrooms and improving the relationship between spaces to create openness and opportunities for natural light.

Enlarged masonry openings with new windows provide an abundance of natural light in the kitchen and living room, and a new window was added to the dining room, taking advantage of the corner lot. A new large, paneled opening separates the expanded kitchen space and the living room while concealing a new powder room and pantry. New windows throughout, including a decorative leaded glass transom, evocative of the era in which the home was built, are energy-efficient while retaining the character of the house.

New lighting, white oak flooring, and matching casing compliment the restored stair rail and newel post. A new skylight, inserted above the existing stair, floods the once dark top floor with an abundance of light. A spacious en-suite bath with double vanity and large walk-in shower was added to the front bedroom. Luxurious tile and rich paint colors enhance the modified second floor layout.

On the exterior, new window openings incorporate stone headers and sills to match the original architecture of the house, and the existing cornice and brick detailing have been restored. New landscaping, enclosed by a hoop and rail wrought iron fence, re-imagines what had been paving into a lush urban garden. Taken together, changes to the landscape, hardscape, and fa├žades, transform what had been a bleak corner into a vibrant urban showpiece.

Photos by Stacy Zarin Goldberg 2020