- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2010

Name: Tom Glass

Title: President

Company: Glass Construction

Address: 3307 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Phone: 202/362-6012

Fax: 202/362-6014

E-mail address: tglass@glassconstruction.biz

Web site: www.glassconstruction.biz

Year started: I started Glass Construction in 1990.

How did you get started in your profession? My interest in homebuilding began when I was a young boy, working in wood shops with my dad and grandfather. Their mentorship inspired my interest in pursuing homebuilding as a profession. This was a natural progression, because remodeling and historic restoration always interested me. I had a natural affinity for architecture and drawing, as well as a talent for making things with my hands.

Licenses: District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland Class-A contractor’s license

Associations: Glass Construction is a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Awards: Washington Spaces, winner, Best of Remodeling, Interior (2008); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Builders Choice Merit Award (2008); NARI, three-time National Contractor of the Year (2008, 2002, 1999); NARI, three-time Regional Contractor of the Year (2008, 2005, 2000); NARI, Remodeling Big 50 Class of 2009 in Fine Design; National Association of Home Builders, Builder’s Choice Merit Award (2008); Chrysalis Awards, Best Project, Whole House Remodel 2007, Best Project Residential Historic Renovation 2004; Inc. Magazine 5000, America’s Fastest Growing Private Company (2007 and 2009); Associated Builders & Contractors, Award of Excellence, Residential (2004); NAHB Builder’s Choice Project of the Year (1995); National Trust for Historic Preservation; American Masonry Institute Award

Greatest accomplishment in the past 12 months: My most recent accomplishment was completing a 5,600-square-foot house located on Potomac and N streets in Georgetown’s historic Smith’s Row with Hugh Newell Jacobsen Architects. The exterior of this 1815 Federal-style home was completely restored to its original condition. The interior was gutted and spectacularly rebuilt in true Hugh Newell Jacobsen fashion.

Best-selling communities: Georgetown, Kalorama, Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park

Community most proud of developing: Although each latest project becomes my primary focus, I take pride in my work of restoring and preserving houses in the District’s historic neighborhoods.

Upcoming projects: Renovation of a historic house on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest - “Embassy Row” - with Barnes Vanze Architects and renovation of a farmhouse in Rappahannock County, Va.

Age: 54

Family: Single

Education: 3 1/2 years of fine arts studies at the University of Colorado and University of Michigan

Community affiliations/community service/outside interests: National Building Museum, Sitar Arts Center, Phillips Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, scuba diving

Last book read: “A Stillness at Appomattox” by Bruce Catton

Last movie seen: “The Visitor”

What kind of car do you drive? Ford F-150 pickup

Describe your dream house: I recently completed my personal dream house - a historic house that I disassembled, renovated and relocated from Appomattox County, Va., to Flint Hill, Va., in Rappahannock County. Woodlawn House is a classic side-hall, Federal-style home with hand-hewn mortise and tenon timber-framing, beaded clapboard siding and an English basement of Flemish bond brick. The house was originally built in 1797 for a major in the Revolutionary Army.

The challenge was to restore this 18th-century house to its original state while making it a livable space for today. The construction process took two years, and by October 2007, Woodlawn was fully restored. The entire process was chronicled and is available for viewing on YouTube. The 11-minute, two-part documentary titled “Woodlawn House Redux,” includes detailed views of 18th-century construction methods as reinterpreted in the 21st century.

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