The Kennedy-Warren

The Kennedy-Warren Apartment Building at 3133 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. is one of the most significant examples of the Luxury Apartment House type in Washington, D.C.

In February 1931, D.C. Permit to Build #140167 was issued to Kennedy-Warren, Inc. to erect an eight-story, brick and concrete with limestone trim apartment hotel at an estimated cost of $3,200,000. It has an irregular footprint and illustrates the Art Deco style. The Kennedy-Warren was originally designed to have 441 apartments with a total of 2,029 rooms.

The Depression and the developers had subsequent financial difficulties caused only half of the original design to be built. A pre-construction Washington Star article noted an "ultra modern innovation" in the design; a circulation system which would pull cool air from the adjoining parkland and pump it into the building during hot summer months. When the Kennedy-Warren was completed, it was considered the largest and most architecturally significant apartment building in the city. This was achieved by adapting airplane engines.

In 1935, the Kennedy-Warren received a rear left wing addition. The supervising architect for the addition, A.H. Sonnemann, followed Joseph Younger's original design and constructed a portion of the uncompleted half. The addition concluded the large-scale apartment building construction hiatus; this type of work ended soon after the original section of the Kennedy-Warren was completed. The addition had 107 units, bringing the total to 317 of the originally planned 441 units. The Kennedy-Warren is the grand finale of pre-World War II development in the Connecticut Avenue apartment building corridor, and presently stands in excellent condition.

Built: 1931
DC designation January 17, 1990
National Register listing September 7, 1994
Architect: Joseph Younger
Builder: Edgar Sumter Kennedy (Kennedy Brothers, Co.)
Developer: Monroe Warren 

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3133 Connecticut Avenue, NW