Beyer Blinder Belle Announces Completion Of Gallery 64 In Washington, D.C.


Beyer Blinder Belle Announces Completion of Gallery 64 in Washington, D.C.

Photos: Joseph Romeo

Photos: Joseph Romeo

WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2024) – Beyer Blinder Belle has announced the completion of Gallery 64, a LEED Platinum-certified, 12-story residential building that marks the culmination of the arts-focused redevelopment of the former Randall Junior High School in Southwest D.C.

Located at 64 H Street SW and developed by Lowe and Mitsui Fudosan America, Gallery 64 merges modern living with arts and culture. It features a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, with 20% dedicated to affordable housing. It also includes 19 two-level, townhouse-style residences, enhancing the street’s vibrancy with pedestrian connectivity and visual appeal. This redevelopment also integrates with the historic school building, now transformed into the Rubell Museum DC, a premier contemporary art museum.

Gallery 64’s minimalist design evokes the museum’s interior, with polished concrete floors and understated details that serve as a canvas for an original art collection, featuring local artists, displayed throughout the lobby, corridors, and amenity spaces. Offering sweeping views of the Capitol and the National Mall, the building incorporates over 21,000 square feet of green roofs and, above an underground garage, a lush and publicly accessible landscaped courtyard where residents, museum-goers, and the community can gather.

Gallery 64 residents enjoy memberships to the Rubell Museum DC and exclusive access to local arts venues, including Arena Stage and ARTECHOUSE. The building’s sustainable design and construction have earned it the LEED Platinum certification, a first for a privately-owned residential property in D.C., and it stands among only 18 properties with this certification in the U.S.

Adjacent to Gallery 64, the Rubell Museum DC opened on Oct. 29, 2022. The museum showcases the Rubell Family’s extensive art collection within the renovated historic Randall School buildings.

The project, which began construction in November 2020, saw Balfour Beatty Construction serve as the general contractor for Gallery 64 and The Christman Company as the general contractor for the adaptive reuse of the historic school buildings.

Project Team:

Developers: Lowe; Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc.

Architecture and Interior Design: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

Landscape Architecture: Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.

Structural Engineers: TCE & Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineers: Wiles Mensch Corporation

Sustainability Consultants: Jay Hall & Associates, Inc.

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineers: Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd.

Electrical Engineers: Power Design Inc.

Lighting Design: Lam Partners

Traffic Planning: Gorove/Slade Associates, Inc.

Acoustic Consultant: Acoustics2

Building Envelope Engineers: Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Fire Protection (Design/Build): Fire and Life Safety America

Vertical Transportation: Persohn/Hahn Associates, Inc.

Code/Life Safety: Jensen Hughes

Door Hardware: Erbschloe Consulting Services, Inc.

Underslab Drainage: ECS Capitol Servies, PLLC

Specifications: Construction Specifications, Inc.

General Contractor/Construction Manager: Balfour Beatty

Photography: Joseph Romeo

Project visuals are available upon request.

About Beyer Blinder Belle

Founded in 1968, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners is an award-winning architecture, planning, and interiors practice with 175 professionals in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston. The firm’s multi-faceted portfolio encompasses adaptive reuse and rehabilitation, urban design, and new construction across a wide spectrum of building typologies and sectors, including cultural, civic, educational, residential, and commercial projects.

BBB has long been recognized for the revitalization of nationally celebrated buildings and urban sites and the design of contemporary spaces. Notable projects in D.C. include the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, and Kennedy Center; adaptive reuse for cultural institutions such as Rubell Museum DC and Planet Word; contemporary interiors for the Smithsonian and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and mixed-use and residential projects throughout the National Capital region.

Media contact:

Michelle DiLello | Blue Medium