For this week’s My DC, I thought I’d share a shot of the place where I spend most of my daylight hours — the building where I work.
It’s a Beaux-Arts mansion that used to house luxury apartments, though not in the granite-countertops-and-fancy-bathrooms-crammed-into-600-square-feet way that exemplifies the current DC condo market. No, this place was 14,000-square-foot apartments (big enough to make a McMansion jealous) with marble fireplaces, silver safes, servants quarters, and all that old-school, Gilded Age type of luxe.
Today, all the glamour has been forsaken for work, and it’s pretty office-y looking on the inside. Some rooms have cube farms, others have gone open-plan, but either way, there is no mistaking it as a workspace. But because we do the historic preservation thing here, all the fancy finishes still exist side-by-side with the professional, almost as if the cubes, computers, and copiers are merely set pieces, ready to be struck at a moment’s notice.