Construction to Begin on Dupont Mansion Micro-Apartments


Patterson apartments with proposed rear new addition.

Patterson apartments with proposed rear new addition in a rendering from 2014.

The conversion of a historic Dupont Circle mansion, the Patterson Mansion and former home of the Washington Club, should begin in the next month or so. The first stage of construction will result in the closure of P Street between 18th Street and Dupont Circle.

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I never lost my job!

But I did venture into trading online and do I have fun? You bet!

SB-Urban plans to bring about 90 micro-units to the mansion at 15 Dupont Circle. The non-historic addition at the rear of the building will be demolished to make way for a new rear addition. Much of the historic structure’s interior will be retained and used as common space for future residents.

The micro-apartments will come fully-furnished and allow leases as short as 3 months in length. The developers anticipate residents will consist of business travelers, visiting scholars and contractors in need of extended-stay apartments.

Developer SB-Urban purchased the property in 2014  after garnering approval for its plans to build 92 micro-apartments between the historic structure and a new addition.

The property sold by TTR Sotheby’s for $20 million and was the most expensive residential transaction in the city in 2014.

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