South Cathedral Mansions History
Situated along the prestigious Connecticut Avenue in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C., South Cathedral Mansions is a landmark apartment community with a remarkable history that dates back more than 90 years.
Originally designed and developed in 1922 by the iconic team of Harry Wardman and Mihran Mesrobian, the property has changed owners only four times since its inception. When Wardman initially developed the property as part of a three-building complex totaling 492 units, it was thought to be the largest U.S. apartment community south of New York City.
Wardman lost the property in the run-up to the Great Depression. Since 1927, South Cathedral Mansions has had just two owners. In 1961, District Intown Properties LP, on behalf of the Calomiris family, purchased the property. Then, in 2014, the Calomiris family sold it to Commonwealth Cooperative, a multi-family joint venture led by CAS Riegler and Commonwealth Residential.
South Cathedral Mansions, located at 2900 Connecticut Ave. NW, is included in both the National Register of Historic Places and the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.