October 10, 2007

Newseum Residences Open and Ready

Newseum Residences model kitchen. (Bozzuto Management)
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Newseum Residences model kitchen. (Bozzuto Management)

View of the lobby. (Max Page)
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View of the lobby. (Max Page)

A balcony view of Pennsylvania Avenue. (Bozzuto Management)
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A balcony view of Pennsylvania Avenue. (Bozzuto Management)

WASHINGTON — As construction continues at the Newseum complex at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., details from the top-floor apartments to tiles on the ground floor are taking shape every day.

“Many of the Newseum’s galleries are nearing construction completion,” said Max Page, vice president/facilities and construction. Some large artifacts, such as a guard tower from the Berlin Wall, are already in place, with more installations planned for the end of October.

Most of the terrazzo flooring has been poured, and the landscaping in front of the building on Pennsylvania Avenue is nearly finished as well. “We’re starting to be able to focus in on the details that will make this museum a beautiful sight for visitors,” Page said.

One part of the complex is already open and in use — the Newseum Residences, 135 rental apartments adjacent to the world’s most interactive museum. Twenty-three residents have moved in and another 69 leases are being processed, Page said.

Resident Erma Striner moved in on Aug.1 and said she loves her new home. The retired professional, who has a background in architecture and design, was taken by the Newseum building when she first saw it and quickly took steps to sign a lease.

“It’s wonderful for Washington to have a building of this caliber that respects the surrounding architecture,” she said. As the last parcel of land to be developed on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Newseum sits among many historic buildings, such as the Old Post Office Pavilion and National Theatre, but Striner said the modern Newseum is right at home. “It is a jewel on the avenue,” she said.

Striner also said she’s enjoying the building’s interiors. Every feature was thoughtfully planned out, she said, “everything from ambience to accommodation, [right down to] lighting and storage.” She counts the vibrant and revitalized downtown neighborhood of Penn Quarter — once lacking a residential and commercial presence — as another amenity of the Newseum Residences.

“I found a place where I can enjoy life,” she said.

For more information on the Newseum Residences, visit www.newseumresidences.com.

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