For a Beaux Arts architect it did not matter that the decoration could not be appreciated from the passerby on Massachusetts Ave. six floors below. The juxtaposition of blank planes and decorated friezes on the chimney were about hierarchy of design and space, and about an architect saying that no matter if almost no one sees it, he controls completely the smallest details as well as the biggest issues such as massing and plan.
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The pristine white apartments of the Bauhaus are here enlivened with cubes and curves, bands of angled brick, in yellow rather than white flat siding, and the overhang supported by pole are less regular. And the least Bauhaus feature is the stone facing under the overhang and on the low walls. It is my assumption that the stone facing is original.
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Cobb,FAIA, was a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed and designer of many iconic buildings, such as The John Hancock Tower, in Boston’s Copley Square.
AAAS building, 1997, is four blocks east of the West House on New York Ave.
It is one of the most attractive, dignified modern buildings in Washington,DC, showing that classic architecture can be erected in the US Capital despite a height limitation that prominent architects from outside (and inside) Washington,DC believe blocks the design of high class modern buildings in the City.