Client Trammell Crow Company

The Portrait Building

Washington, DC

Located in the Chinatown district of Washington, DC, the Portrait Building is a high-profile site that demanded a sensitive approach in addressing historically protected diverse components. The renovation and design challenges included renovation of the historic 1866 Calvary Baptist Church, restoration of the church's adjacent Woodward Building, and construction of the new 200,000-SF Portrait Building incorporating the facade of the 1929 Greene Building. The Portrait Building development spans the entire block and includes 45,000-SF for the church program, seven levels of office space, retail suites at street level, and four levels of below-grade parking.

The exterior renovation of the church building involved several components. The renovation project would replace the Victorian era decoration along the church exterior, as well as place a replica 60-foot steeple high atop the corner tower replacing the original that had been missing since the early part of the 20th Century. Interior renovations were based upon careful research of historic photographs to recreate such elements as finials, balusters, shingles and trellis work in the hope to match the original appearance of the building.

At a glance

200,000 SF

45,000 SF Church Renovation

Office Space

4 Parking Levels

Retail Suites


Phased Construction

Historically Protected Site

Restored missing 60' Church Spire

Restored Victorian Exterior Elements on Church


Architectural Design

Interior Design

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing


people live within a 1/4 mile of The Portrait Building.


Approximately 20 Asian and Chinese restaurants are within walking distance in Chinatown D.C.


riders take the subway to Chinatown in D.C. every day.