CFA 16/JUL/15-8


Washington Channel at 7th Street and Maine Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
United States

D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Southwest Waterfront Development, 7th Street Pier
New public pier
Review Type
Previous Review


Dear Mr. Kenner:

In its meeting of 16 July, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a concept design for the 7th Street Pier, part of the larger program of public space improvements associated with The Wharf redevelopment on Maine Avenue, SW, along the Washington Channel. Characterizing the proposal as successful and subtle, the Commission approved the concept with the following comments for the development of the design.

The Commission expressed great support for the general design of the pier, which they said will attract visitors because of its unusual sinuous form and the compelling experience of being out on the water—a surprisingly rare opportunity in this riverfront city. However, they commented that the proposal incorporates numerous design languages—rectilinear wood pergolas, arched swings, canvas awnings, and warping wood decking—and would benefit from simplification and reduction in the number of these elements. They suggested that the form of the pergola either be derived from the established language of the wharf esplanade, or be related directly to the curvilinear character of the pier.

The Commission looks forward to reviewing further development of the design responding to these comments; please coordinate with the staff for the next submission.


Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA

Brian T. Kenner
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 317
Washington, DC 20004