American Society for Microbiology
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) represents scientists engaged in life science research, a field so diverse that it includes infectious diseases as well as alternative energy sources. ASM owns and occupies two adjacent historic townhouses at 1752 N Street, NW. Built in 1887, the townhouses are attached to an eight-story office tower constructed in the 1990s. The total building area is approximately 64,500 square feet. ASM acquired a third adjacent historic townhouse at 1750 N Street, NW. Built in 1887 as a twin to ASM’s two other townhouses, the building is four stories high and approximately 5,000 square feet. FOX Architects was commissioned to connect the historic structure at 1750 N Street with ASM’s two historic townhouses, allowing the organization to expand laterally and build a new, larger conference center.
The project was subject to the city’s jurisdictional review and approval. FOX Architects quickly gained approval from all of the following District of Columbia review boards: the Historic Preservation Office (HPO), DuPont Historic Conservancy, DuPont Advisory Neighbor Commission, the Office of Planning and the Board of Zoning Adjustments. Working early on with HPO was key to the successful approval process.