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The Matrix - 1529 14th St NW DC

They are some of DC’s coolest condo buildings today, but all share a unique history. Many of them use used to be auto showrooms. While it may be hard to imagine these days, the neighborhood of Logan Circle once gained the moniker of “Automobile Row”, due to the many garages and showrooms that spanned 14th Street.

While the neighborhood had its ups and downs over the years, many of those old properties have more recently been transformed into exciting residential properties. They may retain some of the original architecture, but the interiors are refreshingly modern.

In particular, The Matrix on 14th Street was once home to a car dealership. These days you won’t find parked vehicles for sale, but rather loft-style condos topping retail space.

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In the first half of the 20th century before World War II, Washingtonians ventured over to 14th Street in Logan Circle to purchase an automobile.  The grand condo development buildings that line 14th Street and P Street in Logan formerly housed car dealerships.  

One such building located at 1529 14th Street, was formerly a dealership for the long-defunct Nash Motors brand, and is now home to the Matrix condos.  In the 1950s, Nash Motors merged with Hudson Motors to become American Motor Corporation (AMC).  AMC was led by George Romney, father of current Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  AMC had success in the market with the Rambler brand and later acquired Kaiser Jeep before selling out to Chrysler in 1987.

While you can no longer buy

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While it doesn't always get the recognition of some of its neighbors on the 1400 block of Church Street, The Matrix definitely deserves a seat at the table of awesome Logan developments.  The Matrix shares its heritage with Lofts 14 and Lofts 14 Two, previously serving as a car dealership for the first half of the 20th century along DC's famed Auto Row.  The Matrix building housed a Nash dealership and the Matrix developers originally called the project the Phaeton as a tribute to this popular Nash touring sedan.

The marrying of an early 20th century industrial building with modern finishes at the Matrix creates a truly unique and cosmopolitan living experience.  Original concrete high ceilings, exposed ductwork and concrete block showroom walls

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Rendering by Bonstra | Haresign Architects 

The Washington Business Journal reports on the sale of a vacant lot at the corner of 14th and R Streets in Logan Circle.  Plans call for a 7-story, 30,000 SF development including 32 luxury condos and 3,000 SF of retail. The project has been patterned in likeness to the showrooms which formerly lined the "Automobile Row" section of 14th Street. Our office, Hounshell Real Estate represented the buyer.

This location at 1638 14th Street in Logan Circle is a hot corner and primed for development. Competing projects in close vicinity include The Matrix at  1529 14th Street and the loft developments on the 1400 block of Church Street including Lofts 14 and Lofts 14 Two.

This project is a Bonstra |

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