Robert Gurney Architect’s Cox’s Row Renovation

For this renovation of a two-hundred year-old Georgetown townhouse, a D.C. couple with adult children enlisted the services of our friends at Robert Gurney Architect and Leroy Street Studio. The Federal period townhouse is, in fact, exactly two-hundred years old (1818), and is one of five comprising Cox’s Row, a famous row of houses in the historic district, designed by Colonel John Cox, who would later serve as the mayor of Georgetown: the house extant was characterized by its high-ceilings, which the clients determined would be ideal for displaying their extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Robert Gurney was enlisted partially due to his experience with the Old Georgetown Board, approval of the project by which is essential to undertaking renovation projects in a protected historic district. Identifying in the existing structure a general lack of connectivity between programs, Gurney and company replaced an insular middle parlor with a steel and wood stair hall connecting the basement level with its gym and media room, to the main living level and master suite.