There’s a fairy-tale quality to the Wardman Tower. Located on one of Washington’s highest topographical points, the Woodley Park landmark has long occupied a unique vantage point in the cultural and architectural life of the city. From the grandeur of its gardens to the prominent names who once lived there, the stately brick Georgian Revival building at 2660 Connecticut Ave. NW has stood for old-world opulence and glamour for almost a century.
Now the Tower is beginning a new chapter in luxurious living — reborn as a distinctive condominium building with 32 rare and historic homes and a full complement of white-glove concierge and valet services, state-of-the-art amenities (a fitness center/yoga studio, resident lounges with catering kitchen and bar) and conveniences (underground parking spaces, private storage). Oh, and it’s pet-friendly too.
The building’s interiors and apartments, designed by the architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners, are a stunning blend of 1930s French modernism and contemporary American sophistication, with sleek lines, rich finishes and curated materials. Outside on the grounds, Michael Vergason Landscape Architects is restoring the gardens’ former beauty with new plantings and vintage light fixtures and walkways.
The Tower’s two- to four-bedroom homes range from 2,200 to 4,600 square feet and range in cost from $2.9 million to $9.5 million. Residence 6A, the model unit, is 3,343 square feet and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and one terrace. It is on the market for $4.8 million; the monthly condo fee is $4,025, which includes two parking spaces.
The building’s storybook elegance begins at the entry — through the Ionic-columned porte-cochère that leads into the Tower’s grand reception hall, bright with reflective glass panels and skylights. A wood-paneled elevator takes you to the sixth floor where, down the hall, Residence 6A offers breathtaking views inside and out. The foyer and galleries are wide and inviting, flowing from the door to the terrace at the far end of the home. Custom millwork and 6-inch-wide oak flooring laid in a herringbone pattern run throughout the apartment, creating visual interest.
Off the foyer is the laundry room with Electrolux washer and dryer, as well as a sink and built-ins for storage. The foyer opens to the galleries, which include a spacious coat closet, two-piece powder room and two large guest bedrooms, one of which has a very deep walk-in closet. Both bedrooms have en-suite baths — arrayed in cool gray and white tones and featuring herringbone-patterned radiant-heated stone mosaic floors; glazed ceramic tile on walls and bath/shower surrounds; custom-painted vanities with Porcelanosa Krion solid surface countertops; Waterworks fixtures; and Toto commodes.
Next to the second guest bedroom is the expansive chef’s kitchen, designed as much for intimate gatherings as for preparing grand repasts. Extensive custom American-made Henrybuilt oak cabinetry with soft-close hinges and custom decorative hardware line the walls. Lower cabinets are topped with PentalQuartz gray polished quartz counters and Danby marble backsplashes. The appliances include an integrated Thermador refrigerator and freezer; Thermador cooktop and double ovens, microwave drawer and dishwasher; and a Marvel beverage and wine fridge. By the window is a built-in banquette and desk, and at center is a huge island, roomy enough for four large stools and a deep double sink with a Grohe polished chrome spray faucet.
Just beyond the kitchen is the formal dining room and living room — ideal for indoor and outdoor entertaining, thanks to the walk-out semi-circular terrace with a fabulous view of the city skyline and gardens below. Walls of windows and French doors bring in additional light and lift.
Next to the living room is the master suite with a spacious bedroom, a wall of closets, a large dressing room/walk-in closet, and a jewel of a bathroom that encourages all manner of self-care. Luxe fittings and furnishings include custom-painted art deco-style vanities with double sinks, white Calacatta marble counters and custom Watermark nickel-plated fixtures; white Calacatta marble on walls, bath and shower surrounds; custom-designed radiant-heated stone floors; a freestanding Kohler bath; and a large walk-in frameless glass shower.
As Baudelaire might have remarked, at Wardman Tower, “Tout est luxe, calme and volupté” (all is luxurious, serene and pleasurable) — it’s an address where 21st-century modernity lives happily ever after with traditional elegance. Conveniently located, the building is a quick ride by Metro or car from the retail, cultural and dining attractions of Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Northern Virginia.
Residence 6A at Wardman Tower, 2660 Connecticut Ave. NW, is listed for $4.8 million. For details, contact sales director Miriam Fernandez at 703-850-1159 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more photos and history, visit wardmantower.com.