St. Dennis Apartments

Project Details

  • Type:
  • Historic + Adaptive Reuse
  • Location:
  • Washington, DC
  • Client:
  • National Housing Trust/Enterprise
  • Completed:
  • August 2011


The St. Dennis Apartments are a symbol of the importance of preserving affordable housing in gentrifying communities. When the owner intended to convert the property into market-rate condominiums, a lone family of 2 sisters refused to leave and fought, with the support of local law firms and funding agencies, for the right to stay in their home. Led by National Housing Trust/ Enterprise, Wiencek + Associates is undertaking nearly $4 million in renovations including significant energy efficiency upgrades. Improvements include a new roof, windows, reconfiguration of units, new individual HVAC systems, new wiring, new domestic water system, new kitchens and new baths. There are several historic features that will be maintained including the hallway marble terrazzo flooring and facade features.