Elizabeth Arden Building

The Elizabeth Arden building, located at 1147 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., is the work of Mott Schmidt, one of the leading 20th-century architects working in the Colonial Revival/Georgian Revival style.

The building located at 1147 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., known as the Elizabeth Arden building, is a six-story office building with first-floor commercial use. Built in 1929, the building is designed in a Georgian Revival style featuring a four-part vertical division of space. It is of brick construction with a limestone exterior facade characterized by a variety of window sizes and types within each of the four building parts.

It is a unique example of his work and the only known multi-story office building designed by him, and his only known original design in Washington, D.C. The building's style (an unusual Georgian Revival translation of the tall office form), the building's original architect, and the building's tenants—long-term exclusive tenants—exemplifies a unique coordinated effort on the part of developers, architects, and merchants to transform Connecticut Avenue into an exclusive shopping area deliberately modeled after Fifth Avenue in New York City. The building is significant for its Georgian Revival-style architecture that came to be associated with the Connecticut Avenue shopping district, and as an important work of architect Mott Schmidt.

DC designation November 23, 1993
National Register listing August 18, 2003



1147 Connecticut Avenue, NW