In 1919 Stansbury Lodge member Frank Russell White designed a grand new limestone Stansbury Masonic Temple. Its main meeting room could hold 200 and had a mezzanine and balcony with a pipe organ. The first floor initially housed a post office, then a Sanitary (later Safeway) Grocery and eventually a Pontiac car dealership. The Freemasons rented their meeting spaces to Greek Sunday schools, high school fraternities, synagogues, and others. After Stansbury Lodge moved to Takoma in 1987, the building was sold, gaining brief notoriety as a nightclub, and in 2007 the Neighborhood Development Company rehabilitated the existing building and created a complementary addition together known as the Lofts at Brightwood.
The Lofts at Brightwood consists of 32 one and two bedroom condominiums with 18 parking spaces. The project is a successful adaptive re-use of an existing historic building at the corner of Georgia and Missouri Avenues. The Brightwood Lofts is also the home of the Brightwood Bistro which offers upscale dining with an eclectic bar area. Shinberg.Levinas was the Architect for the project. NDC Builders, an affiliate of The Neighborhood Development Company, was the general contractor.
In developing the Lamont Street Lofts, the Neighborhood Development Company used a building initially constructed in 1950 as the Acadia Sunshine Company laundry plant and converted into a true luxury loft style condo development. For this conversion, Lamont Street Lofts was awarded the 2007 residential architect Design Award. Bringing a New York flare to the Columbia Heights community, these lofts were a unique addition to Washington’s portfolio of new loft and condo developments. From the raw cement flooring, to the exposed beams and spacious layouts, every facet of the condos were designed to incorporate upscale amenities including a true loft design, gourmet kitchens and designer bathrooms while maintaining a minimalist flare consistent with NY style lofts.
Bonsta | Haresign Architects served as the architect for the project. NDC Builders, an affiliate of The Neighborhood Development Company, was the general contractor.