Alban Towers

Washington, DC, USA


The Charles E Smith Residential Realty Companies commissioned MJTX to oversee the execution of this project which included the design of individual apartment units of which there are dozens of types due to the layout and structure of the existing building.

Understanding the building’s social context was integral to the design. Part of the challenge of the project was to modernize the building without affecting the original character. Examples of these situations are the architectural and fabrication of replacement suite entry doors that meet current accessibility standards. Other significant issues involve the restoration and consolidation of original materials such as limestone, brick, plaster, and tile and the sensitive replacement of historic doors and windows that were demolished prior to the current building ownership.

On the interior, MJTX advised on over 200 units with several distinct layouts, inclusive of unit furnishings, finishes, and equipment. The main lobby and other historic public spaces were restored to their original condition, and building amenities were added for resident comfort. Such lavish amentites include a fitness center with weight and cardio-machines, a lap pool, and locker rooms, a business center, an underground parking garage, and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views of the city.


Owner: Charles E Smith Real Estate, Services c/o Steve Thompson

Completion: 2001

Size: 250,000SF

Cost: $22M

Awards: AIA | DC Extraordinary Achievement in Historic Resources

Associated Builders and Contractors - Excellence in Construction Historic Restoration

Multi-Family Executive Award Resort / Luxury Project of the Year

Washington Business Journal, Real Estate Award - Historic Preservation

DC Mayors Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award, Best Rehabilitation of an Apartment Asset