ABOUT THE BRITTANY

The Brittany Condominium is a seven-story building of 57 apartments. The Brittany is located on Washington's elegant and historic 16th Street, NW, just below Merdian Hill Park, approximately 15 blocks north of the White House and two blocks from the fashionable U Street and 14th Street commercial corridors. The Brittany was designed by architect Albert Moreland Schneider (1884 – 1924) and was built in 1914. A.M. Schneider was the nephew of the prominent Washington architect, Thomas Franklin Schneider. In 1907, the Washington Post included Albert Moreland Schneider in a review of the 25 most influential architects in Washington.

The Brittany occupies its own triangular-shaped block. Every apartment has a view over the landscaping to the tree-lined streets that surround the building on all three sides; there are no airshafts or alleys. Garage rental parking is available at The Roosevelt apartment building next door.

The building was fully renovated to modern living standards in 1980, and converted to condominiums at that time. The residences feature central air conditioning and heating (individual HVAC), in-unit laundry fixtures, modern electrical wiring and plumbing lines, and Comcast phone/Internet and TV cabling.


2013 INTERIOR RENOVATIONS

The Brittany's interiors were completely renovated in 2013 by McGovern Design Studio, one of Washington's most accomplished interior architectural firms. MDS was the interior architect for the recent renovations of The Jefferson Hotel.

 


TRANSPORTATION


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The Brittany is three blocks from the U Street Metro station, a stop on the Yellow and Green lines. There is a Capital Bike Share station one block away on New Hampshire Ave., and a service station one block away on 15th St. The Roosevelt Apartment building next door to the Brittany offers rental garage parking.


Pets

The Brittany allows pets. Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the common areas of the building. There is a park where dogs can run free two blocks away at the intersection of New Hampshire Ave. and S Street.


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THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The Brittany is located on 16th Street, NW in one of Washington's most historic and fashionable neighborhoods. Dozens of blocks of restored two to five-story Victorian townhouses on quiet tree-lined streets surround the Brittany from DuPont Circle northward to Adams Morgan to the west and Logan Circle to the east. Large ornate 19th and early 20th-century mansions were built in the area around Logan Circle and along New Hampshire Ave. from DuPont Circle to 16th Street (north and south of the Brittany) to house foreign embassies, prominent Washington residents, and industrialists from other parts of the United States who occasionally lived in Washington to attend to their political interests. Most of the original buildings are still in place and in use, although not all of them for the purposes for which they originally were built.


14th Street AND U Street CORRIDORS

The Brittany is only two blocks from 14th Street NW, one of Washington's fastest growing commercial areas. Many new shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and theaters have been opened in just the past few years.


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16th Street

"The city's most notable north-south boulevard"
— The Washington Post, 1998

Sixteenth Street, NW was the primary north-south conduit in L'Enfant's plan for Washington. By the early 20th Century, L'Enfant's vision had become fully realized as 16th Street, NW, extending from the White House to Maryland, was adorned with embassies and institutions, large churches, hotels, clubs, and elegant apartment buildings and town houses.

Although the blocks of 16th Street that are nearest the White House and downtown have been renovated several times, most of the structures north of Scott Circle (about 10 blocks south of the Brittany) date from the mid-1800s to the early 20th Century. 16th Street represents a mix of architectural styles, but maintains a distinctly historical feel. Washington's respect for design integrity and historical preservation is still very much in evidence along this grandest of the city's numbered streets.


Mrs. Henderson's 16th Street

The elegance of 16th Street near the Brittany is due largely to the influence of Mary Foote Henderson, one of the most sophisticated grandes dames of Washington's Guilded Age. She was also something of a character... She tried – twice – to change the President's official residence from the White House to structures (to be designed and built under her guidance) that would be located across 16th Street from her home, Boundary Castle, on Meridian Hill. In 1913, Mrs. Henderson persuaded a reluctant Congress to officially change "16th Street" to "The Avenue of the Presidents". She then left Washington for a tour of Europe. Congress changed the name back to 16th Street soon after her departure. Mrs. Henderson did not take defeat lying down, and it wasn't long before 16th Street was again hers. She bought large parcels of land along 15th and 16th Streets extending from one block north of the Brittany's location up Meridian Hill to Mt. Pleasant. She had about a dozen large and ornate buildings, designed by architect George Oakley Totten, Jr., constructed on those properties which she later sold as embassies.

Although a few of its original 19th-Century and early 20th-Century buildings have been replaced, including, unfortunately, Boundary Castle itself, 16th Street remains very much as Mrs. Henderson left it.


Boundary Castle (now destroyed)


History

President George Washington appointed Pierre Charles L'Enfant to create a plan for the new capital of the United States. The site of the Brittany is located at the northern limit of L'Enfant's original (1791) plan for Washington, about 400 feet south of Meridian Hill. Meridian Hill is part of the Atlantic Seaboard Fall Line, which divides the Piedmont from the Tidewater regions of the East Coast.

James Thackara 1792 Map of Washington
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L'Enfant's planned city blocks in the area where the Brittany now stands were planted with orchards and used for grazing land until the Civil War when Camp Campbell was built at the intersection of 6th and U Streets. In addition to Union soldiers, hundreds of freed men and women from the Confederate States were housed at the military camp. After the war, the new citizens built the first houses, churches and businesses along U Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. Beginning in the 1870s, large Victorian houses were built for wealthy Washingtonians on Logan Circle and the surrounding streets. The neighborhoods between Logan Circle and U Street grew into a socially diverse section of the city.

In the 1920s and 30s, U Street itself was a theatre and entertainment district, nicknamed "Black Broadway" by singer Pearl Bailey. Duke Ellington's boyhood home was located on 13th street between T and S Streets. Famous theaters and private clubs, including Lincoln Theatre (1921), Howard Theatre (1926), Dunbar Republic, and the Bohemian Caverns club served Washington's African-American audiences. The Lincoln Theatre and the Howard Theatre have recently been fully-restored and once again serve, now much more diverse, Washington audiences.

In 2011, U Street NW was designated a Great Street among Great Places in America by the American Planning Association.


Architecture

Some of Washington's most beautiful and historic buildings are located along 16th Street and New Hampshire Ave., within a few blocks of the Brittany. Ornate embassies and mansions line New Hampshire Ave. from DuPont Circle to 16th Street, and hundreds of Victorian houses fill the Greater U Street, Meridian Hill, Logan Circle, DuPont Circle, Shaw, Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan neighborhoods that surround the Brittany.


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T.F. Schneider Houses

ARCHITECT: Thomas Franklin Schneider
STYLE : Romanesque Revival
DATE : Q Street, NW : 1889–1892
NEIGHBORHOOD : DUPONT CIRCLE
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 800 m

Thomas Franklin Schneider designed approximately 2,000 buildings in Washington. This block of houses along Q Street, NW is only one example of many of his houses and apartment buildings that are still in use and as beautiful as ever.

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All Souls ChurchAll Souls Unitarian

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All Souls Church (Unitarian)

STYLE : Georgian Revival
DATE : 1924
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 960 m

ALL SOULS CHURCH was built in 1924, and was modeled after St. Martin in the Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London. (St. Martin's is one of the most important parish churches in England. It was designed in the Neoclassical style by James Gibbs and completed in 1724.) The Rev. Ulysses G. Pierce conducted the funeral service for Chief Justice (and former President) William Howard Taft at All Souls Church in 1930. All Souls was a rallying point for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. All Souls Church installed the first African American senior minister to serve in a large Unitarian church: David Eaton (1969-1992). During his tenure as senior minister, The Rev. Dr. Eaton served as the chairman of the D.C. School Board and actively supported the Wilmington 10 in the 1970s, as well as other civil rights causes.

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Italian Embassy

The (former) Embassy of Italy

ARCHITECTS : Whiteny Warren and Charles D. Wetmore
STYLE : Neo-Renaissance
DATE : 1925
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 900 m

The former Italian Embassy to the United States is a Neo-Renaissance building designed by architects Whiteny Warren and Charles D. Wetmore. Warren and Wetmore also had designed Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Italy sold the building to developers in 2002. It is currently being restored.

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Embassy of Poland

The Embassy of Poland

ARCHITECT : George Oakley Totten, Jr.
STYLE : Beaux Arts
DATE : 1910
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 800 m

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland was one of about a dozen structures designed by architect George Oakley Totten, Jr. for Mary Foote Henderson. The architectural style of the building contains elements of seventeenth and eighteenth century English and French houses. Prince Kazimierz Lubomirski purchased the building in 1919 for the newly independent Polish nation. The building was repaired and renovated in 1978 by specialists from Poland who restored the building's grand state rooms to their original splendor. The Polish Ambassador to the United States entertains guests in the Embassy's Grand Salon with concerts that often feature the large Steinway piano given to the Embassy during World War II by the famous pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Paderewski, who died soon afterwards in 1941, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His request that his body be returned to Poland "only when his country is independent once more," was realized in 1992 when he was reinterred in Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery. The Embassy contains a number of works of art by Polish artists.

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Perry Belmont House

The Perry Belmont House

ARCHITECT : Paul-Ernest Eugene Sanson
STYLE : Beaux Arts
DATE : 1909
NEIGHBORHOOD : DUPONT CIRCLE
DISTANCE FROM BRITTANY : 675 m

Perry Belmont and his wife, Jessie, built this magnificent Beaux Arts mansion, which resembles a small palace, for the sole purpose of entertaining important Americans and dignitaries from all over the globe. It was occupied for only two months during the year. Extant furnishings and objets d'art include more than 30 fine paintings, Louis XIV and XV furniture, Tiffany vases, and gilt rock crystal and amethyst chandeliers.

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Woodbury Blair Mansion

The Woodbury Blair Mansion

ARCHITECT : Jules Henri de Sibour
STYLE : Beaux Arts
DATE : 1911
NEIGHBORHOOD : DUPONT CIRCLE
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 680 m

The Woodbury Blair Mansion is no longer a private residence, as is the case with most of the large buildings along New Hampshire Ave. It is now the headquarters of the German Historical Insitute. Woodbury Blair, the original owner was a member of one of the important political families in the United States. Montgomery Blair, Woodbury Blair's father, was an abolitionist and member of Abraham Lincoln's cabinet during the Civil War. His uncle, Francis Preston Blair, Jr., was a Union general, a member of both the House of Representatives and Senate (representing Missouri), and the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1868 presidential campaign. Woodbury's grandfather, Francis Preston Blair, was editor of The Washington Globe from 1830 to 1849. He was a member of Andrew Jackson's "kitchen cabinet", and exerted a powerful influence within the Democratic Party.

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Church of the Holy City

The Church of the Holy City

ARCHITECT : H. Langford Warren
STYLE : English Perpendicular
DATE : 1896
NEIGHBORHOOD : 16TH STREET
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 670 m

The architecture of the Church of the Holy City is English Perpendicular (Gothic), with a prominent, intricately carved corner tower. The church exterior is adorned with fine stone carvings, gargoyles and garlands. The interior of the church is comparatively simple, but there are ornate stained glass windows on either side of the aisles and a large West Window.


Toutorsky Mansion

The Toutorsky Mansion

ARCHITECT : William Henry Miller
STYLE : Flemish Revival
DATE : 1894
NEIGHBORHOOD : 16TH STREET
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITANY : 480 m

The Toutorsky Mansion is now home to the Embassy of the Republic of Congo. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Henry Billings Brown, author of the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson, built the house, and it was his home until he died in 1913. The building's architect, William Henry Miller, was the first graduate of Cornell University's School of Architecture. Miller modeled the exterior on 16th-century Flemish buildings, and for the interior, he included a mixture of Gothic, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Colonial elements. "With its stepped and scroll-edged gables, insistent rows of windows, dark red brick, and strong horizontal stone courses, it is a rare iteration of Renaissance Flemish architecture in a city whose architectural ancestry is overwhelmingly English and French," according to the AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.

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Spain Arts and Culture

Spain Arts and Culture Center

ARCHITECT : George Oakley Totten, Jr.
STYLE : Beaux Arts
DATE : 1923
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 800 m

The former Spanish Embassy residence, now the Spain Arts and Culture Center, was one of many elegant buildings Mary Foote Henderson commissioned for her proposed grand "Avenue of the Presidents". Mrs. Henderson offered the embassy building to the U.S. government as the Vice-President's official residence. However, First Lady Florence Harding concluded that the house was too grand for a Vice-President, and Congress would not appropriate funds for it. Spain purchased the building in 1926. A new Spanish ambassdor's residence was inaugurated in 2004.

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MORE BUILDINGS BY GEORGE OAKELY TOTTEN, JR. in meridian hill park


former hungarian embassy

STYLE : Renaissance Revival
COMPLETED : 1927
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 610 m

The former Hungarian Embassy building is now home to the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

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THE PINK PALACE

STYLE : Venetian renaissance revival
COMPLETED : 1906
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 720 m

The former home of Mrs. Marshall Field was originally known as the "Pink Palace". It is now painted a pale yellow and is the headquarters of the Inter-American Defense Board.

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Embassy of Lithuania

STYLE : italianate
COMPLETED : 1909
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 760 m

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The former french embassy

STYLE : Beaux Arts
COMPLETED : Early 20th Century
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 630 m

The current headquarters of the Council for Professional Recognition was the French Embassy in the early 20th Century.


Embassy of Ecuador

STYLE : Beaux Arts
COMPLETED : Early 20th Century
NEIGHBORHOOD : MERIDIAN HILL PARK
DISTANCE FROM THE BRITTANY : 640 m

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Landmarks

Meridian Hill Fountain
Cascade Fountain

Meridian Hill Park - North Side
North Park

MERIDIAN HILL PARK

Meridian Hill Park covers 12 acres between 15th and 16th Streets, NW east to west, and from W Street, NW two blocks north of the Brittany, to Mt. Pleasant. The Interior Department hired landscape architect George Burnap to design a grand urban park modeled on parks found in European capitals. Burnap's design features a magnificent Italian Renaissance-style terraced fountain cascade with pools in the lower half, and gardens in a French Baroque style in the upper half.

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House of the Temple

HOUSE OF THE TEMPLE

The House of the Temple is the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. It was designed by one of America's most celebrated architects, John Russell Pope. Pope was the architect of many of Washington's most emblematic and important buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial, the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives building, the National City Christian Church. The House of the Temple is a Neoclassical recreation of the Mausolem at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The building won the Gold Medal of the Architectural League of New York in 1917. A poll of federal government architects ranked The House of the Temple among the ten top buildings in the country. It has been recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in the United States. The Temple has won important architectural awards since its dedication in 1915.

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African-American Civil War Memorial

African American Civil War Memorial

The African American Civil War Memorial honors the 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the United States Civil War. The monument is located at the corner of Vermont Ave., 10th St., and U Street NW. The Spirit of Freedom, a bronze statue by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, was installed in the memorial's courtyard in 1997. The south side of the statue is surrounded by a semi-circular wall inscribed with the names of those who served in the American Civil War.

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Dupont Circle

DuPont Circle

The spacious landscaped park that surrounds DuPont Circle's center plaza is a popular weekend retreat in the middle of the city. The current double-tiered white marble fountain, commissioned by the Du Pont family, replaced a memorial statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont that had stood on the site since 1884. Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, the co‑creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the fountain, which features carvings of three classical figures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind on the fountain's shaft.

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Logan Circle

Logan Circle is the only major circle in central Washington that remains entirely residential. An equestrian statue honoring John A. Logan stands in the center of Logan Circle. The monument was sculpted by Franklin Simmons on a bronze statue base designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Hunt was the architect of the base of the Statue of Liberty and the façade and central hall of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. President Ulysses S. Grant lived on Logan Circle after leaving office. Logan Circle was built on the grounds of Camp Barker, a former barracks converted into a refugee camp for newly freed slaves from nearby Virginia and Maryland.

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Lincoln Theatre Interior
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Lincoln Theatre

Performers at Lincoln Theatre have included Duke Ellington (who was born in Washington), Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan. The theatre, which opened in 1922, was a cultural center for Washington's African American community for many years. It was a forerunner of the Harlem Renaissance theaters of the 1920s and 30s. The theatre was designed by Reginald Geare, in collaboration with Harry Crandall, a local theater operator. The Lincoln Theatre has been restored to its original splendor and continues to serve as one of the Washington area's important entertainment venues.

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Howard Theatre Photograph by Tim Cooper
© Tim Cooper

Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre, located at 620 T Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., opened in 1910. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Howard Theatre was known for performances by many great black musical artists of the early and mid-twentieth century, including Duke Ellington (who was born in Washington), Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis, Jr., James Brown, Lena Horne, Lionel Hampton, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. Restoration began in 2010 and the Howard Theatre reopened on April 9, 2012.

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Carnegie Institute of Washington

The Carnegie Institution for Science

The Carnegie Institution for Science (also called the Carnegie Institution of Washington) is an organization in the United States established to support scientific research. The CIW directs its efforts in six main areas: plant molecular biology at the Department of Plant Biology (Stanford, California), developmental biology at the Department of Embryology (Baltimore, Maryland), global ecology at the Department of Global Ecology (Stanford, Calif.), Earth science, materials science, and astrobiology at the Geophysical Laboratory (Washington, D.C.); Earth and planetary sciences as well as astronomy at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (Washington, D.C.), and at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (OCIW; Pasadena, Calif. and Las Campanas, Chile).

The popular Capital Science Evening lecture series features prominent scientists from a wide variety of fields. Lectures are free, very well-attended and open to the public. The auditorium is usually filled; visitors should arrive early.

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For Residents


The Brittany is managed by
EJF Real Estate Services
1428 U St., NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: 202.537.1801

The Brittany's account manager at EJF Real Estate Services is ✉ Mr. Matthew Hunter.


IN CASE OF FIRE THE BUILDING SMOKE ALARMS DO NOT ALERT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU PULL THE FIRE ALARM, YOU MUST ALSO CALL 911 TO SUMMON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

Owners must notify EJF Real Estate Services before renters move in and furnish a copy of the lease. Send the Move-In/Move-Out Policy form and the lease to the attention of Matthew Hunter.

All move-ins and move-outs and deliveries of large furnishings and equipment must be made through the padded elevator (No. 1).

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