Yale Steam Laundry

DATE: 2008
LOCATION: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
OLD USE: Commercial laundry facility
NEW USE: Residential lofts


The old commercial laundry building is located in the Mt. Vernon area of Washington, DC. The century-old building is marked by numerous architectural details on its facade.[1]


The adaptive reuse project was a joint undertaking by developers IBG Partners, LLC and Greenfield Partners. IBG is a privately-held firm that focuses its developments in Washington, DC, New York, Baltimore, and Charleston, SC. Greenfield is a private real estate investment firm located in South Norwalk, Connecticut. John Ronan Architects is located in Chicago and caters to landscape design, interior design, furniture design, graphic design and planning.


The entire project includes the adaptive reuse of the steam laundry building which resulted in 16 lofts as well as the construction of two towers for an additional 343 lofts.[2] “The architects elected to adapt the building into an amenity-infused condominium, leaving much of the original brick and concrete in place. Even the oddly spaced floor framing was allowed to remain.” This adaptive reuse project received an AIA Chicago 2009 Design Excellence Award. The existing piping and columns remained, retaining a sense of asymmetry.[3]

[1]Yale Steam Laundry
[2]IBG Partners, LLC
[3]AIA Chicago

Images courtesy of The DC Condo Loft.