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27 March 2014

Dear Mr. Morey:

In its meeting of 20 March, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a concept design for the new Northeast Triangle residence hall at Georgetown University, 3700 O Street, NW (case number OG 14−055). The Commission members present recommended approval of the concept, providing the following comments to guide the development of the design.

The Commission members expressed support for the siting, planning, massing, and general architectural character of the project, but they recommended further development of certain exterior details. Specifically, they raised questions regarding the extent and treatment of the stone cladding: the massive expression of the northwestern corner of the building; the inconsistent use of a metal lintel above the stone base; and varying conditions of how the stone base meets the adjacent grade. They strongly recommended refinement of the proportions and detailing of the typical windows, noting their overly narrow dimension and severe character. Regarding the development of the site, they recommended that the standard light pole be used as an extension of the established public space design for the campus as a whole, possibly supplemented by a new lighting type for secondary lighting.

The Commissionís comments support and augment those made by the Old Georgetown Board in its meeting of 6 March; the Boardís report is enclosed. The Commission and Board look forward to reviewing a revised design. As there was not a quorum for the review of the submission, this recommendation will be placed on the administrative agenda for confirmation at the Commissionís meeting of 17 April. As always, the staff is available to assist you with the next submission.

Sincerely,

/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Secretary

Robin A. Morey
Vice President, Planning & Facilities Management
New South Lower Level
Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057

cc: Regina Bleck, Georgetown University
Vinicius Gorgati, Sasaki Associates

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