The Summit at St. Martin's

Washington, DC Completed 2010
Project Highlights
  • 180,000 sf, 184 units
  • 4-stories wood frame over concrete podium
  • 2 multi-story plazas over parking
  • Project relocated + incorporated an historic 1920's convent
  • New Construction
  • Developed by Victory Housing + Catholic Charities
  • 2011 Best Large Affordable Housing, Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers

A neighborhood landmark embracing diversity.

An extraordinary opportunity to develop nearly an entire city block, The Summit at St. Martin’s features a mix of affordable housing units, including apartments for the very low income and formerly homeless. The building has become a neighborhood center where people of all income levels, races and cultural backgrounds live together.

Respectful of the surrounding urban fabric, the building’s traditional facade reflects the traditional townhouses of the neighborhood and energizes the streetscape with individual porch stoops and door entries – mirroring the entries across the street. The interiors feature quality materials, openness, visibility and natural light, all critical to the wellbeing of residents. Edward Orzechowski of Catholic Charities reflects this sentiment best: “The building is simply stunning. It reflects the dignity and worth of each person, and immediately communicates that they are loved and valued.”

Crucial to the design process was the 90-year-old convent that was picked up and moved to a more prominent location on the site during construction to accommodate the new development. The convent was completely renovated and modernized into new units and incorporated into the new design.