Location: Washington, D.C.
Project type: bank
Client: TD Bank
Commerce Bank (later acquired by TD Bank) commissioned MTFA Architecture to design a new bank building within historic Georgetown after repeated attempts to get approval of design alternatives from the various review agencies. The resulting approved design pays tribute to the historic site while being fully contemporary and serving the bank's needs.
The site is located on Wisconsin Avenue, one of the prominent streets that bisect Georgetown, and is viewed by the Commission of Fine as the portal to the historic district.
The design for the building respects the rhythms and proportions of historic Georgetown. The facade that faces Wisconsin Avenue picks up on the neighboring townhouse with deep masonry punched openings, double bays and articulated brick detailing. The side elevation relates to the architecture of the historic alleyways by layering building, trellises and landscaping while maximizing the bank's requirement for visibility with a two-story undulating glass wall.