Built in 1926, The Flagler is a notable work of architects, Stern and Tomlinson, regarded as two of the city's most talented apartment building designers.
With the expansion of the federal workforce during World War I, thousands of new workers arrived in Washington to staff new and expanded agencies. Construction, however, was severely limited by the diversion of materials to the war effort, and housing shortages were the natural result. Peacetime developers responded to housing demands by producing denser building types, including high-rise apartments like the Flagler.
The eight-story building rests on a concrete and brick foundation with exterior walls clad in red brick in a Flemish bond pattern. The building is eight bays wide at the front facade (east elevation) and is fourteen bays wide at the north elevation. The building's fenestration follows a symmetrical arrangement. The base of the building (which is comprised of the first and second stories) is marked by a limestone water table.
Today, the building is owned and operated by The George Washington University as a residence hall (Madison Hall).
DC designation: January 28, 2010
National Register listing: June 18, 2010