REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
Renovation and Rehabilitation of the Residence of the Ambassador from the Republic of Cyprus.
FVHD had the honor of being selected to assist the Embassy of Cyprus in rehabilitating their U.S. Ambassador's Residence at 1825 24th Street NW in the Historical District of Sheridan-Kalorama of Washington, D.C. The primary objective was to re-organize the home to satisfy the Ambassador's desired use of the house, for the purposes of entertaining, conducting embassy affairs, focused around the family's day-to-day lifestyle. All rehabilitation work was designed to meet the approval of the Historical Preservation Office, and alteration work was designed to meet the District of Columbia's Code Standards.
The largest interior modification was to move the service stair that previously led off the primary lobby from the main floor to the basement, to the rear of the home now servicing all floors. Other work included painting and mill work at the main floor entry hall, dining room, kitchen and parlor. An entry vestibule was also built behind the front door, as one did not exist. The second floor involved demolition of several partitions to increase the size of the living room, to create a new sitting area that re-established the main axis of the home, and to create a larger series of closets in the existing master bedroom. All bathrooms on the second floor were completely renovated.
In addition to the rehabilitation of the residence's interior, FVHD also prescribed a number of changes to the exterior, which improved the appearance of the home, the energy saving performance of the envelope, and accessibility to the residence. More curb appeal was introduced by carefully selecting a new paint palette for the facades, and adding new restoration hardware.