Barclay Condos

This two building complex is located six blocks from the White House directly across from Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite church.  It was built between 1912 and 1918.  As with any building that has multiple owners, the list of requirements for exterior colors was long and specific.

Prominent buildings in our nation’s capital

After reviewing my color scheme suggestions, the Association board reported enthusiastic approval.  Their hardest decision was choosing the best option for each building from the options presented, they said. The final results provide a look and feel that is appropriate for prominent buildings in our nation’s capital and one President Roosevelt would have been pleased so see on his way to church each Sunday.



Goal & Solution


The association wanted the buildings to look “stately” and not fussy or overly painted.  They were willing to consider historic colors but also a modern update of historical styles. The buildings had to fit into the neighborhood when they were painted.


I employed period colors from the 1910s, when the building were built, to provide a proper sense of scale and place for the two buildings.