Augusta Apartments

The Augusta Apartment Building was erected along New Jersey Avenue in 1900, one of the first commissions of prominent D.C. architect Arthur B. Heaton.

The Augusta Apartment Building, located at the southeast corner of New Jersey and New York Avenues, N.W., is an example of a Mansion-Type Apartment Building. This mansion-like form constructed in dark brick with limestone trim has four stories and twenty-units. It presents the Jacobethan Revival style and features a tower, polygonal bays, gables, blind arcading, tapestry brickwork, shields with crests, dormers, and an animated slate roof with gable and conical elements. The Augusta was built in 1900 and received a major addition, known as the Louisa, in 1901; today, the entire building is collectively referred to as the Augusta.

The Augusta is one of 105 purpose-built multiple-family dwellings constructed in Washington, D.C. between 1880 and 1900 of which thirteen remain. Its mansion-like form and scale parallel the large Victorian mansions which sprang up throughout Washington at the turn-of-the-century. These grand single-family residences (most of which have been demolished) were the homes of the country's political, social, and industrial giants. In a period where the concept of multiple-unit living was just beginning to be accepted among the middle class, the group most in need of housing at that time in Washington, the mansion-like form and its association with prestige and propriety was a psychological device intended to disguise the function and encourage the middle-class to accept this type of residence. The solid composition reveals skill that came to be expected from the locally significant architect Arthur B. Heaton.

DC Inventory: January 17, 1990
National Register Nomination:September 9, 1994



1151 New Jersey Ave., NW (216 New York Ave., NW)