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The General Scott Condominiums


1 Scott Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036

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The General Scott Condominiums


1 Scott Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036


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History


History



1 Scott Circle, N.W.; northeast corner of 16th Street and Massachusetts Avenue
ARCHITECT: Robert O. Scholz, 1940
ORIGINAL APARTMENT: 175 (151 efficiencies; 24 one-bedrooms)
STATUS: open as rental in 1941

Several important streamlined Art Deco apartment houses were built on 16th Street, N.W., immediately before World War II. Good examples include the General Scott, the Hightowers, the Washington House, the Dorchester House, the Majestic. The General Scott was built by Robert O. Scholz, also the architect, and E.C. Ernst, and was named for Genera Winfield B. Scott, commanding general of the United States army from 1841 to 1861, whose equestrian statue stands in the circle in front.

The Art Deco detailing on the two street façade includes a streamlined aluminum marquee, fix projecting pavilions with black panels, and strip windows on the prominent rounded bay at the corner of 16th Street and Scott Circle. The building originally had 175 apartments, but 6 more were added when unused space in the basement was renovated in 1982. All are small: eighteen of the twenty-one tiers were designed for efficiencies averaging 500 square feet. Most featured a solarium, screened from the living room by glass walls, and a Murphy bed, either concealed in the solarium in all efficiencies or hidden in the dressing closets adjacent to the bathrooms in the one-bedrooms. The handsomely tiled bathrooms and wood-block floors remain in good condition. The abundant light in these units, as well as their convenient downtown location, have always made the General Scott desirable.


*Goode, J. M. (1988). Best Addresses. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution.

 


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Floor Plans


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Neighborhood


Neighborhood



 

Mr. General Scott


Mr. General Scott


PRESENTED BY ROBERT SABANOSH

 
 

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