Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TRIVIA LESSON - The Westchester in D.C.

Recently, I was fortunate to be included in a small dinner party at The Westchester in Washington, DC.  Although I lived in the area for seven years, I had never been there before.  This complex was built in the 1930's and still retains the glamour and old world charm of that era.

This was meant to be the largest apartment complex south of New York City but the depression halted construction after four buildings.

Dorothy Draper (of Greenbrier fame) handled the mid-century redesign of the interiors.  Draper fans will recognize her signature in the oversized carpet pattern.

The Westchester was highlighted in this 2003 book of best addresses in the Washington, DC area.

Entrance to one of the buildings

The property contains Moorish details such as this porte-cochere.

This is the porte-cochere at night.


Street entrance & exit

These fabulous lighting fixtures are remnants leftover from the Dorothy Draper redesign.  Aren't you glad they left them up!

Lobby view-note the detailed plaster work

Lobby level sitting area

Picture showing the detailed plaster frieze.  It is at least 16" tall.
Lobby at night

Lobby at Christmas

Entrance to Westchester Restaurant

Steps to elevator landing

Etched Deco elevator doors

Door knockers

Interior of my friend's apartment

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