Fennessy Lofts - Early Origins as a Stable Provide Architecturally Significant Touches

Posted by Mark Washburn on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 at 9:05am.

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A former horse stable may just provide one of the coolest spots for loft-style condo living in the DC area. Located in Logan Circle, some of what’s now referred to as Fennessy Lofts takes up the old WH Penland & Company horse stable.

The horse stable business dates back to the late 1800s, although the building also once served as home to a cab company. It wasn’t until the 2000s that the property found new life as a condo project.

The entire development is a combination of a new, contemporary condo building, and an old livery stable found in the alleyway right behind it. Reimagined as dozens of condos, some of the Fennessy Lofts consists of units inside the old red brick stable.

Developers were able to retain a number of original design features of the building, including the large garage doors that were once big enough to accommodate a covered wagon. There are also some tiny windows that let in light today but were once used as cut-outs for feeding the horses.

Such design elements are real conversation starters today, even though they likely originated for a much more functional reason. The two-level stable units also include some exposed red brick walls.

Other common features and finishes of the condos of this property include the hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Typically, the floor plans of Fennessy Lofts include both one- and two-bedroom designs.

Along with its more unique origin, yet another advantage of the property is its location. Found right in Logan Circle, the Fennessy Lofts sit close to area cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries.

You will also find some nearby museums, theaters and markets not far away from the condos. The loft-style homes also sit within walking distance of the closest Metro Station, right along 13th Street NW.

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