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The Kennedy-Warren

Original Name: The Kennedy-Warren
Year Of Construction: 1930-31; 1935; 2003-04
Address: 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC 20008
Architect(s): 1930-31, Joseph Younger; 1935 addn., Alexander H. Sonnemann; 2003-04 addn., Hartman-Cox
Current Status: Residential
Original Use: Residential

Many Washingtonians know that the large complex that dominated this part of Connecticut Avenue was about two-thirds of what was planned, interrupted when the Depression halted new construction. Now, however, the building has been completed to the original design with very careful matching of materials on the exterior. The building’s entrance, now nicely centered on the completed courtyard, is notable, one of the best in Washington, with a distinctive tower and a beautiful Art Deco aluminum canopy.

All of the Art Deco decorative details are totally integrated into the building’s design, both inside and out, making it a symphony of Aztec and other exotic motifs rendered in aluminum, limestone, and brick and continued indoors to the interior finishes.

It is also believed that the Kennedy-Warren has the earliest natural cooling system in the country - drawing air from deep in Rock Creek Park behind the building and circulating it to every apartment.