MVT: New Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments Blend Design, Luxury & Historic Charm

New Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments Blend Design, Luxury & Historic Charm
455 Eye Street’s First Residents Began Moving in June 1

Integrating three historic structures into a luxury apartment building is an incredible challenge, and the results are magnificent and tinged with history. 455 Eye Street welcomed its first residents June 1 into the heart of the bustling Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.

The unique 174-unit residential property melds local artistic flair and modern living with a nod to its industrial past. Sleek towers rise around a central courtyard, maximizing natural light and views throughout the building. The historic buildings provide a focal point and now house the amenity spaces, accented with salvaged fixtures and furniture from local artists.

When prominent military surveyor John Wyess built a 14-foot rowhouse on I Street in 1876, he contributed to a growing entrepreneurial and working-class boom in Mount Vernon fueled by immigrants; his elegant “W” still remains in the rowhouse pediment today. Another German immigrant, William Beuchert, built a new blacksmith shop on the alley in 1912, then added an auto repair shop in a two-story warehouse a few years later. 455 Eye Street has restored and highlighted these historic assets, and will even utilize the warehouse’s garage bay doors for outdoor seating in Prather’s on the Alley, a new 2,000-square-foot restaurant targeting an opening in late 2017.
Each residence in the building is slightly different, ranging from spacious industrial lofts to crisp, modern apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows (studios to two-bedrooms). The rowhouses were converted into four units, all two bedrooms, with walk-out access onto Eye Street. Residences are finished with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, wide-plank hard surface floors and in-home washers and dryers.
Just coming home to 455 Eye Street is a one-of-a-kind experience. A social courtyard in the center features a fire pit and doors on two sides, becoming a passageway and community space for residents. The mailroom, lounge and wet bar are steeped in historic touches, courtesy of local artist James Kerns, who salvaged century-old wood and freight elevator parts to create furniture and fixtures throughout. Original brick walls in the warehouse received a whitewashing treatment from decorative finish artist Laura Harris. Graham Caldwell is creating an 8-foot-tall glass droplet fixture to accent the two-story lounge, and Emilio Perez has been commissioned to create multi-media art for the walls.
Residents will enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, 24-hour concierge, and a roof deck with pool and views over downtown Washington, D.C. Cyclists can glide through the spacious alley to the bike room, with more than 50 bike spots and a Dero repair stand.

Working from 455 Eye Street will be seamless for the telecommuter. A light-filled lounge, quiet study and separate conference room are all outfitted for the work-at-home crowd, with free WiFi available throughout the common areas.

For pricing and leasing information, reach the 455 Eye team at or 202.840.7000. For media inquiries or tours, contact or 202.510.1450.