Chilchester Arms Apartments (Vizcaya Apartments)

Vizcaya Apartments is located at 1388 Tuckerman Street, NW. Historically, the building was called the Chilchester Arms.

Vizcaya Apartments is a two story plus basement, brick and cinder block building located at the southwest corner of Tuckerman and 14th Streets, northwest. It has a flat, built-up roof behind a parapet at the east, west and north sides. Designed by prolific Washington, D.C. architect George T. Santmyers and constructed in 1936, the building is comprised of one two-story plus basement brick and cinder building occupying the south side of Tuckerman Street and the east side of 14th Street, Northwest in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Vizcaya Apartments is a conventional low-rise apartment building. The building is designed with Moderne stylistic elements, such as geometric brick and stone ornamentation and Deco-inspired setbacks, together which illustrate the restrained emergence of Santmyers’ architectural vocabulary away from strictly classical revival forms. The location and siting of the building also reflects the growth of transportation networks and residential construction patterns in the inter-war period, as the population of the city expanded north from central Washington, D.C.

The building’s location along the bustling corridor of 14th Street is representative of the efficient housing solutions sought for a rapidly expanding population. Between World Wars One and Two, the federal government’s expansion brought many employees to the area. Without adequate numbers of single-family houses, architects sought to construct apartment buildings as suitable alternatives, effectively re-shaping the once rural landscape of Washington, D.C. north of Florida Avenue.

DC Inventory: June 8, 2016

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1388 Tuckerman Street, NW