- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2004

While Pierre L’Enfant is renowned as the designer of federal Washington, Harry Wardman is nearly as celebrated as the premier builder of residential structures in the District around the turn of the century.

The stately, traditionally designed apartment buildings, town homes and single-family homes built by Wardman still proudly proclaim their heritage in neighborhoods across Washington.

Ward Bucher Architects has carefully renovated and modernized the Maxwell Condominium, in Columbia Heights at 1419 Clifton St. NW, preserving this Classical-style Wardman building, which was completed in 1909.

The Maxwell retains much of its early-20th-century appearance from the street, with two new third-floor balconies representing the only significant alteration to the facade. Original finishes such as marble wainscoting and mosaic tiles in the lobby as well as oak parquet flooring in the front units are being restored, along with oak parquet flooring in as many other areas as possible.

The Maxwell includes 18 residences, which will range from 872 to 1,307 square feet. There are four two-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom-and-den units, and two three-bedroom units. The homes will range in price from $369,900 to $634,900. Condominium fees are estimated at $144 to $239 per month.

The 16 garage parking spaces, one of which is a tandem space, are sold separately from the condominiums. In addition to the garage spaces, there are spaces for motorcycles and bicycles, including concrete pads that can function as either patios or parking pads.

Guests can be welcomed in the Maxwell’s dramatic lobby, which includes a double staircase, a gilded ceiling, marble walls, mosaic floors and a sky-lit atrium. The hilltop location of the Maxwell provides additional light for most homes, along with city views.

Inside, each home will have either the original restored parquet flooring or oak strip flooring, and each bath will include a Jacuzzi tub, glass block walls and oversize marbleized ceramic-tile flooring and walls. The kitchens have distinctive “blue pearl” granite counters, a high-end natural granite that seems to have pale blue pearlescent flakes embedded in it.

The kitchens also include stainless-steel appliances and maple cabinets.

Each home has a washer and dryer, plus a structured wiring package that allows for up to four phone lines per unit or dedicated lines for phone, fax and data.

Special wiring already in place allows each buyer to add Bose or Morel home theater and/or surround sound to their home for an additional cost, which can be included in the purchase price.

Units can be delivered with a wall-mounted plasma flat-screen television installed.

All electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems in the Maxwell are new. Security includes an audio-video entry system for the lobby door, an entry-card security system for the garage and a state-of-the-art home security system for each unit.

Unit 104, with 923 square feet, is priced from $394,900. This home includes an open living and dining room with an open kitchen at one end and an atrium door to the terrace. This home also includes a sun porch, a walk-in closet and a bath off the master suite, plus a second bedroom, a second full bath and a washer-dryer.

Unit 301, with 1,307 square feet, is priced from $634,900. This home features a central open living and dining room with an atrium door to a balcony. The open kitchen is placed along one side of this room, with a nearby bedroom.

On the opposite side of the home are a third bedroom or media room; a second bath; a washer and dryer; and the master suite, which has a large bedroom, a walk-in closet and a luxury bath with a dual-sink vanity and a whirlpool tub.

Call 202/364-1515 or visit www.themaxwell.com.

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