Glen Echo Park Rehabilitation: Montgomery County, MD
Owner: National Park Service
Architect: Vietta Architecture
This restoration project was performed in two parts. The first consisted of the historical restoration of the Spanish Ballroom, and the second was the reconstruction of the North Arcade.
Recognized as one of the best ballroom dance floors in North America, the Spanish Ballroom was preserved and restored using historically correct materials and methods. The North Arcade, on the other hand, had deteriorated so badly that it was considered impractical to renovate. Accordingly, the building was rebuilt capturing the original Art Deco architectural style and elements.
Awards: *ABC Award of Excellence in Construction
*ABC Montgomery Preservation, Inc. Award
*The Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Project
Mexican Cultural Institute - Embassy of Mexico: Washington, DC
Owner: Mexican Cultural Institute - Embassy of Mexico
Architect: Powe Jones Architects
Built in 1910-1911 by architects Nathan Wyeth and George Fuller, this beautiful building was commissioned by Emily MacVeagh as a surprise to her husband, Franklin (the Secretary of the Treasury under William Howard Taft). After his wife died, MacVeagh made the building available to the federal government as a guesthouse for visiting dignitaries. In 1921, the Mexican government purchased the mansion for the use of its embassy. This project required Monarc to add new sprinkler, fire alarm and security systems; upgrade the electrical and plumbing; and restored 146 historic windows, tiles, hardwood floors, stairs and exterior facades.
National Geographic Explorers Hall: Washington, DC
Owner: National Geographic Society
Architect: TPG Architecture, LLP
The National Geographic Society decided to expand the Explorers Hall Museum into a larger space; part of the same space in which Monarc completed the state of art television studio in previous years. Scope of work for this project was split into two phases requiring Monarc to remove the existing studio and then expanding the Hall to what it is currently today.
Awards: LEED Silver certified