Located on the campus of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) in the Deanwood neighborhood of Northeast, Washington, DC, Providence Place is a 93 unit building of mixed-income housing that furthers the mission of the historic congregation and provides new housing for the surrounding community, including replacement units for the adjacent Lincoln Heights public housing revitalization.
PNBC CDC and a private developer, along with architect Torti Gallas designed the new building to preserve the bucolic character of the existing campus and its Arte Moderne architectural heritage. Utilizing the dramatic topography of the site, a stepped massing was created that was sympathetic to the scale of the campus and surrounding streetscapes. Two courtyards, one at the terminus of a local street and the other opposite the Trades Hall, the campus’ landmark building, spatially integrated the new building with the context. Inspired by the campus architecture, a vocabulary of horizontal banding, corner windows, vertical entry features and a rich terracotta color brick that is sympathetic to but does not overshadow the campus’ more iconic structures. Amenities include a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city.