Frager’s Hardware To Add Upscale Glass Atrium Infill on 11th Street – Concept Drawings at Capitol Hill Corner
by Larry Janezich
Frager’s Hardware, much beloved for its funky interior, eclectic product selection, and helpful staff is about to add an upscale addition fronting on 11th Street. The ground floor of the proposed glass atrium will be in the words of one architect, a “curated showroom” to display high end products including light fixtures, cabinets, and plumbing fixtures. In addition, design consultancy may be offered in the new space.
The concept is up for Historic Peservation Review, and on Wednesday night, Francis Campbell’s ANC Planning and Zoning Committee recommended concept approval to the full ANC by a vote of 5 – 0 – 1. Commissioner Ivan Frishberg abstained wanting more time to consider the design. Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg recused herself from consideration since she is employed by Frager’s.
The project is being designed by the international firm Demian/Wilbur Architects, headquartered on Capitol Hill. Some of the firms other DC projects include Station 4 in Southwest, The Hill Pre-School, and Latham Hotel in NW.
The Historic Preservation Application will come before the full ANC6B which meets next Tuesday at 7:00pm in Hill Center.