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Woodley Park Towers

Original Name: Woodley Park Towers
Year Of Construction: 1930
Address: 2737 Devonshire Place, NW Washington, DC 20008
Architect(s): Louis T. Rouleau
Current Status: Apartments
Original Use: Condominium

The most striking feature of the facade of 2737 Devonshire Place NW is its main entrance and carport. This painted white and gray brick structure in Cleveland Park was designed by Louis T. Rouleau in 1930. There is limited geometric ornamentation and linearity is produced by changes in the depth of the facade’s structure. But the central portion of the building is exquisite in its decorative elements of birds, florals, gargoyle-like heads, and geometric features carved into the light colored stonework and circular columns to either side of the doorway. These artistic features are repeated in the upper portions of the central section as well. The carport is also adorned with animal heads. The two-story lobby is magnificent and decorative detail abounds. Mauve-colored, fluted granite, flush-to-the-wall pilasters divide the beige and pink marble walls and are topped with lavish sculptural ornamentation: birds, plants, goddesses, geometric features. The ceiling is also elaborately decorated with the same motifs. The lobby totally belies the straightforward external structure. The only other indication of the beauty this building secrets is an intricately carved, circular, stone fountain adjacent to the street.