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Hyde-Addison Elementary School

A Contemporary Addition to a Historic Setting

Shinberg.Levinas Architects

Bordered to the south by the Potomac River, Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood lies to the northwest of the US capital. Unlike the city’s iconic government sector with its federal buildings, monuments, memorials and museums, Georgetown is a singularly compact district made up of linear arrays of two- or three-story detached homes, built for the most part during the 18th Century, and a scattering of grander 19th-Century mansions. Paved roads, red brick and colored plaster combine to make it a highly sought-after residential neighborhood.

So any plan to enlarge the Hyde-Addison Elementary School in the center of Georgetown had to come to grips not only with fitting into the existing school facilities but also being accepted by a wider community, proud of its heritage and determined to preserve the special aesthetic and well-knit urban...

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