The Views at Clarendon

Location: Arlington, Va.

Project type: mixed-use church and affordable housing

Client: The Church at Clarendon


  • sanctuary
  • offices
  • classrooms
  • residential lobby
  • 116 multifamily units
  • underground parking

The goal of the project was to preserve and rehabilitate the church's sanctuary, steeple and school campus for increasingly flexible use respecting the architectural heritage of the campus and buildings while converting and expanding the remainder of the existing structure into a 10-story multifamily housing development with underground parking. The attractive elements of the building's design and planned streetscape improvements will complement and enhance nearby revitalization and redevelopment initiatives.

Located on a triangular site in the heart of Arlington, Va., the Views at Clarendon is a multiuse project that has transformed the current site of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon into a true civic space. The new building will support 21,000 square feet of church space on the first two levels including a new sanctuary, narthex, administrations and educational spaces. The 116 multifamily housing units ranging from efficiencies to three bedroom units will be located on the upper floors. More than 60 percent of the units will be dedicated for affordable housing to support the need around the site. The existing three-story education building will continue to house a childcare center for 185 children along with a seminary for liturgical studies. The new and existing buildings are connected with an enclosed light filled walkway providing accessibility from the street to all levels. The project will be LEED Silver certified.

This project won the Urban Land Institute Smart Growth Award.