Milton Hall Apartments

The Milton Hall Apartment Building, constructed in 1938, is significant as an example of an apartment building constructed in response to rapid population growth in Washington, D.C. during the interwar period.

Milton Hall is also significant as the work of an innovative developer and a skilled architect. Developer Meadowbrook, under the direction of president Monroe Warren, was responsible for significant advances in affordable, middle class, and luxury apartment buildings throughout Washington, D.C. and the suburban Metropolitan Washington area. Architect Robert O. Scholz is regarded as one of the city’s most skilled apartment building designers; his Art Deco apartment buildings, including Milton Hall, are among the city’s most impressive examples of the style. The Milton Hall Apartment Building is significant for its representation of this style. Its exterior ornamentation embodies the geometric and floral patterns of the Art Deco style that was intrinsic in the presentation of a completely modern apartment that would appeal to Washington’s burgeoning middle class of federal workers during the 1930s.

The Milton Hall Apartment Building, located at 2222 I Street, N.W., is situated at the northwest corner of 23rd and I Streets, N.W. Milton Hall is one of three brick, Art Deco-style former apartment buildings on Square 55 that are now owned and operated by The George Washington
University as residence halls, along with the 1937 Munson Hall Apartment Building (2212 I Street) and the 1939 Everglades Apartment Building (2223 H Street). L-shaped in plan, the building rests on a level lot adjacent to the well-traveled 23rd Street corridor, one block from Washington Circle. The building is 86 feet 11 inches wide, 131 feet long, and 85 feet 5 inches tall.

The eight-story building rests on a concrete foundation with exterior walls of American bond blonde brick with tile and concrete detailing. The building is eight bays wide at the north elevation (main façade) and is six bays wide at the east and west elevations. A limestone belt course
delineates the basement of the building from the first story. The verticality of the eight-story building is emphasized by two eight-story projections centrally located at the façade that culminate in a stepped parapet. An eight-story bay is also located at the ell formed by the north and east elevations, and is visible at the east elevation or in plan. The flat roof is sheathed in slag and features limestone coping. A roof terrace is located atop the building.

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2222 I Street, N.W.