Washington, D.C.

project size

1270,000 SF


Conditions Assessment

Interior Restoration

Exterior Envelope Repair

Roof Repair

Stone Repair


Window and Door Repair



DBA is the preservation architect for the comprehensive renovation of the Beaux-Arts building that housed the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 1874 through 2014.  Supporting Leo A. Daly, DBA is responsible for developing design solutions to repair the white marble exterior envelope, copper and glass roof, and bronze decorative elements. 


Restoration work is to include stone repair, repointing, and window and door repair.  Investigations, assessments and documentation of exterior materials and conditions will be conducted to ensure a sensitive and thorough restoration that will endure the test of time.  


DBA also designed a new ADA compatible ramp to weave in-between the historic areaway and marble facade so that it did not alter the Landmark exterior facade, a character defining feature. 

DBA will also be overseeing portions of interior work to ensure that the integration of new programming, modern utilities, and state-of-the-art technologies does not compromise the unique character of this National Historic Landmark. 

Leo A Daly and DBA are working closely with The George Washington University to minimize disturbance to classes and to schedule construction based on the University’s needs and academic calendar.  Phase 1 will consist of the examination of existing conditions and critical infrastructure rehabilitation upgrades that were identified during the acquisition of the property.  The team will immediately shift into Phase 2 – programming for Interim Space Needs of the University including program review with user groups, various test fits for stakeholder review and construction documents and construction administration.   A Long Term Programming Analysis will be conducted during Phase 3 of work.