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Art Place at Fort Totten

Washington, DC

A transit-oriented, two-million-square-foot, mixed-use development located near Metro, Art Place will help to transform this section of DC into a creative and walkable destination.

Art Place at Fort Totten is a phased development located in Ward 5 along South Dakota Avenue, one of the city’s major arteries. The Cafritz Foundation, a non-profit organization, worked with Perkins Eastman to develop the original master plan. The commercial program is driven by the client’s commitment to arts programs in Washington, DC, as well as its engagement with neighborhood groups and local stakeholders. Building upon the success of The Modern—the first, primarily residential, phase of Art Place—this next phase encompasses almost 300 apartments, including artist live/work units, a 25,000 sf grocery store, and multiple cultural, culinary, and community venues. Fourth Street will be transformed into a flexible pedestrian street with programmed activities and outdoor dining. Residential accommodations are organized along this street, accompanied by retail to serve the neighborhood. All parking is below grade, and service entries are located for convenience as well as to minimize visual impact and potential conflicts with pedestrian activity. The project also includes a 45,000 sf food collective curated with local artisanal food and beverage vendors, a 56,000 sf interactive art experience that includes a 23,200 sf Explore! Children’s Museum, and a 34,000 sf, 1,750-person performance venue. Once complete, Phase 2 will provide an engaging, experiential hub of activity.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Size:

  • 801,937 sf
  • Services:

  • Master Planning, Architecture
  • Markets:

  • Arts + Culture, Large Scale Mixed-Use, Residential
  • Region:

  • United States
  • Studios:

  • Washington, DC