Innovative Mid-Century Design

Built between 1963 and 1966, Harbour Square marked the beginning of Washington’s recognition as an incubator of first-rate architectural talent in the face of previous disrespect and skepticism. Its construction was a significant step in the redevelopment of Southwest Washington with its highly innovative design, mixed housing types, and effective use of green space. From its inception, the design of Harbour Square took particular and deliberate advantage of its riverfront location, and leveraged the advantages of this location with a subtle interplay of design elements. Its integration of Wheat Row, as well as Barney and Lewis Houses, represents an early effort to adaptively reuse historic buildings and make them a functional component of a new development.