The three buildings which comprise Cathedral Mansions Apartment Buildings are located on a sloping, irregularly shaped seven-acre site, with 492 apartment units in the complex altogether and a number of landscaped courts separating the buildings' many wings. An open space requirement set forth by a 1920 zoning law spurred the creation of these courts, which became a valuable and aesthetically appealing amenity.
The landscape plan at Cathedral Mansions was designed to complement the three buildings, which differ in form and detail but are all representative of the Classical Revival style. Each building employs a steel and concrete structure and is faced in red brick with limestone trim. The principal facades of the three buildings face Connecticut Avenue, and while the main courtyards of Cathedral Mansions Center and Cathedral Mansions North are no longer visible from the Avenue, they remain an amenity for the tenants.
The structures were designed by architect Mihran Mesrobian for developer Harry Wardman, and built between 1922 and 1925.
DC Inventory: May 17, 1989
National Register: September 9, 1994