In this elevation there are six 18th century buildings designated as City, State and Federal historical landmarks, as well as three brand new buildings. It’s one of the best examples of mixing historic with contemporary that I’ve seen.
While it may not be all too difficult to pick them out, it’s not like the three new buildings stand out either, helping dispel the belief that anything new is automatically going to destroy the long-time neighborhood character. In fact, a masterful blending of the old and new will help add fresh vitality, both via architecture and the creative merchants, companies and residents attracted to inspired 21st century design. In fact, probably the most successful restaurant in Washington DC, Lauriol Plaza, is a brand new building nestled in the heart of a historic neighborhood.
The five buildings to the left and the one furthest to the right are the historic buildings.