Portrait Square (formerly known as Square 429) sensitively stitches diverse historic buildings into a coherent block in the historic Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The integration of commercial office space with the church allowed an important community institution, the Calvary Baptist Church, to continue their charitable work in the city.
Located at 701 Eighth Street, the 200,000 square-foot Portrait Square development spans an entire block.
The project consisted of three phases:
- Renovation of the sanctuary
- Construction of the Portrait Building and Restoration of the Woodward Building
- Demolition of the Greene Building (maintained the facade) and construction of a new office building.
One of the project's most unique aspect of the project was the replacement of the Church’s steeple, which a tornado destroyed in 1913. A replica was created using photography of the steeple and spire from the 1860s. After a painstaking computer design process and fabrication in Utah, the 60-foot, 5.5-ton steeple was driven across the country and hoisted into place
The eight-story Portrait Square building features 135,000 square-feet of office space distributed over small and mid-sized floor plans.