The Artisan Condominium complex occupies an
intriguing spot along E Street in downtown Washington.
Across the street sits the J. Edgar Hoover building,
while its rear walls form part of the alley John Wilkes Booth
escaped through after shooting President Lincoln.
Three buildings originally graced the site.
All three facades were incorporated into the new
development; maintaining the historic character of the
site while dramatically changing the use. Restoration
and construction had to proceed quickly due to tourism
demands. Patching and repairing the limestone, brick
and terracotta, rather than removing and replacing it,
was a much quicker and cost effective option. This option
also preserved structural integrity. Matrix repair mortar
was chosen because it offered two important benefits,
it could be color matched on site and it could be
finished to mimic the texture of the original masonry.
The New Barbet
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