Pierce School Lofts

Located at 1375 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002 | H Street Corridor

While there are only 10 residences at the Pierce School Lofts in Washington, DC's H Street Corridor, this historic schoolhouse condo conversion is so impressive that we had to include it in the DC Condo Collection. These intriguing units combine original details (such as chalk boards and locker cubbies) and they are extremely roomy. Floorplans range from one-bedrooms that typically start around 1,000 square feet and escalate to some truly impressive multi-level loft dwellings, a case in point being a five-bedroom, 10,000 square foot penthouse with a private roof deck and panoramic views. Originally built in 1893 and designed by notable architect Adolf Cluss, the Pierce School was in operation until the 1970s.

The red brick building with its distinctive corner turrets subsequently languished for years and fell into disrepair. In 2000, the old school was purchased from the District by developers Jeff Printz and Chris Swanson for the sum of $275,000. The developers then spent $3.5 million turning it into high end rental apartments. In 2012, the Pierce School was converted from rentals to condos, along with further renovations. Today, it is reminder of the H Street Corridor’s vital history, even as the neighborhood continues to evolve. Other condos in the neighborhood include Constellation on H, the Maryland, and Pullman Place.

More About the Pierce School Lofts, Washington, DC

Condos at the Pierce School come in both single and multilevel styles, offering an industrial-chic vibe with soaring ceilings, exposed brick walls and exposed overhead ductwork. Some of the one-bedrooms are quite large, with floating stairs leading up to true lofts. The restoration process was very detailed, resulting in restored original hardwood floors and old schoolhouse features such as chalk boards, long hanging lights, and large, deep-set windows. The kitchens are state of the art with all the modern bells and whistles, while the bathrooms are a true revelation, incorporating claw foot deep soaking tubs and elongated tray vanities that evoke the school restrooms of old. Most of the residences have some sort of private outdoor space. Some units have wood-burning fireplaces. Residents at the pet-friendly building also enjoy a black-bottomed swimming pool to the rear of the school, a wonderful roof deck with lounging furniture, a well-equipped fitness center with exposed brick walls, and a movie theater with deep leather recliners.

The Pierce School is located at 1375 Maryland Avenue NE, right where Maryland Ave branches onto G Street, and at the corner of 14th Street. It’s a leafy, residential part of the urban neighborhood, yet just a block from H Street and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. There’s plenty of local bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses, including Daru, Toki Underground, Copycat Co., and the Wydown. This is a neighborhood in flux, with new businesses such as a Whole Foods Market moving into the spot formerly inhabited by Murry’s Food Store. Yet for all the changes, there are still numerous historic buildings along H Street, including those that are home to indie businesses, from thrift stores to art galleries. The “Main Street” charm extends to the recently completed H Street Trolley which is part of the DC Streetcar system with free fares for passengers. It’s all part of the vibrant H Street Corridor experience.

To learn more about condos for sale at the Pierce School Lofts, please call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-400-3040.

Pierce School Lofts, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: How far is it from the Pierce School Lofts to the United States Capitol Building?

A: The distance is approximately 1.5 miles.

Q: Is there a dog park anywhere near the Pierce School?

A: Yes, the Kingsman Field Dog Park is about a half-dozen blocks away to the south.

Q: Who was the Pierce School named after?

A: Built in 1895, the Pierce School was named after Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States who was in office from 1853 to 1857.

Q: Is there a parking garage at the Pierce School?

A: No. There is on-street parking, and the free H Street Trolley stops about a block from the building.

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