The Luzon (The Westover)

The building is one of the last surviving structures from the formative period of apartment buildings in the city.

Prominently situated Romanesque Revival apartment building, one of few remaining structures from formative period of apartment development; illustrates evolution of middle-class apartments from row house precedents; notable work of prolific local architect.

The Luzon Apartment Building is a variation of the Commercial-Residential Apartment Building property type. The 1896 Luzon, located at 2501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., is one of 105 purpose-built multiple-family dwellings constructed in Washington, D.C. between 1880 and 1900 of which thirteen remain. It illustrates the Romanesque Revival style. It is brick with limestone trim and has a wood and metal cornice with brackets. It has five stories and originally incorporated eight units. The ground floor has always been used for commercial or institutional purposes.

The Luzon is one of approximately twenty apartment buildings designed by prolific Washington architect Nicholas T. Haller. The 1896 Luzon is the only extant example of Mailer's nineteenth century work and is one of the few remaining illustrations of the development of the nineteenth century apartment building form from its small, row house-type expression to the larger, multi-unit form intended for the middle-class. Haller was also the developer for the Luzon. He employed the well-known local builder John Nolan to construct his investment. The Luzon was named for a son of the architect/developer and renamed the Westover in 1911.


Built 1896, Nicholas T. Haller, architect
DC designation September 19, 1990
National Register listing September 7, 1994

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2501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW