12.15.08

BBB's Addition to Landmark Washington Hilton Approved

The Washington, DC Historic Preservation and Review Board (HPRB) recently approved Beyer Blinder Belle's design for an 11-story residential addition to the Washington Hilton Hotel by a 6-0 vote. The new building is part of a larger redevelopment project - including a major renovation and rehabilitation of the hotel - that will preserve and revitalize one of the city's most significant architectural sites. With its distinctive curvilinear form, the Hilton serves as a notable example of the expressionist mode of mid-century modernist architecture and was designated a landmark by the Board in July 2008. Beyer Blinder Belle's bold design for the new residential building echoes the sculptural quality of the Hilton, respecting its height and scale to create a balanced counterpoint to the existing landmark structure.