111 South Washington

Easton, MD

Encore designed the renovations at 111 South Washington Street that serves as Encore’s Eastern Shore office. The 1824 property fits perfectly into the historic downtown of Easton, Maryland. Scrollwork brackets add subtle elegance to the Italianate style front porch. Wrought- iron and cast-iron pintle hinges on the louvered shutters define different construction phases the property has gone through.

The historic rehabilitation of the property combined restoration and renovation to make an elegant small office building. The previously gutted second floor was modernized with a ductless heating and cooling system, and low energy LED lighting.  Maryland’s new Small Commercial Tax Credit program and the Federal Historic Tax Credit programs made the project economically feasible.

Wherever possible remaining elements were restored, including flooring, windows, siding and porches. Restored details like the front window shutters and porch brackets enliven the façade. Since all of the existing second floor trim had been removed before purchase, recessed door and window surrounds and baseboards were used to acknowledge the missing history. The new flooring was also stained gray to differentiate it from the original flooring.

This property showcases Encore’s ability to aptly to restore historic properties to their former elegance while simultaneously adapting them to new uses. 


Photos by Ron Ceasar

DAV Conference Room

Washington, DC

Encore redesigned the space to increase the seating capacity of the room, provide better wheelchair access and modernize the 40 year old space.  The shape of the ceiling was designed to be symbolic of all of the armed forces – wings for the Air Force, a tent for the Army, and a boat for the Navy and Marines.  

The previous conference room was a circular shape that did not accommodate persons in wheelchairs very easily. The new room is an elongated pentagon with plenty of maneuvering space around custom tables that can be rearranged for multiple seating groups. Accessibility is also increased by glass doors. The main doors into the room are glass doors on pivot hinges, providing easy access for whichever direction someone is traveling. The glass doors are frosted with the DAV logo and provide a sense of privacy without sacrificing safety.

Photos by Ron Ceasar

Stephan Decatur House

Washington, DC

Naval war hero Stephan Decatur, Jr. built this house design by Henry Latrobe on the square in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Encore Sustainable Design's Ward Bucher was the architect for the design-build team conserving and renovating the National Historic Landmark complex owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and occupied by the White House Historical Association. Mr. Bucher authored the Historic Structure Report for the Slave Quarters documenting the existing conditions and history of both the structure and its inhabitants.

Design and construction work repaired, conserved and restored of exterior masonry, windows, stucco and slate roofing, and interior finishes and data systems. The second floor of the Slave Quarters wing was adapted as a digital education facility and the Carriage House was updated to continue as an event facility. The design-build team was managed by the Oak Grove Restoration Company. 

Photo Credit to Oak Grove Restoration Company and Michael Brown

MGM National Harbor's Recruitment and Training Facility

The former Thomas Addison school in Oxon Hill, MD is now home to MGM National Harbor’s Recruitment and Training Facility.  This 25,000 square foot building in Oxon Hill, MD was redesigned to LEED v4 Gold standards by Arel Architects of Temple Hills.  Encore has provided LEED documentation services for the project.  Sustainable features like low-flow plumbing fixtures, no potable water used for irrigation, and installing charging stations for electric vehicles have all aided in helping this building earn points towards its Gold certification goal.  The majority of the products in the building are made from products with recycled content and by manufacturers that have responsible production practices.  In addition, the reuse of the existing building materials and fenestration also provided a boost in points and creating well day-lit work spaces. The adapting of the former Thomas Addison School as the MGM National Harbor Recruitment and Training Facility demonstrates the advantage of reusing buildings. 


Warsaw, VA

Menokin was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Rebecca Taylor Lee of Mount Airy Plantation. The house was built in 1769 on land once inhabited by the Rappahannock Tribe. In 1971 it was designated a National Historic Landmark for its significance as the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Menokin Foundation was formed to preserve, protect and interpret this important structure.

The Menokin Foundation is embarking on a revolutionary re-imagining of this historic structure. The Menokin Foundation hopes to transform this house and 500-acre classroom into an educational and environmental experience like no other. Structural glass will be used to recreate an abstract memory of an 18th-century house as it once stood while protecting what remains of it today.

Encore is serving as the Preservation Architect on this project team and leading the efforts to document, stabilize, and repair the existing ruin in preparation to receive the glass enclosure.

The full project team is led by the architecture firm Machado Silvetti and also includes John Fidler Preservation Technology, Robert Silman Associates, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Eckersley O'Callaghan, WSP Flack + Kurtz, Tillotson Design Associates, Barker Langham, and Faithful + Gould.

Artist's Studio

Wye Mills, MD


Chantilly, VA

One of the core values of Sparkles! is transparency in the care of its clients: newborns through twelve-year-old kids.  The owners want every parent to know the experiences their child will encounter while away from their parents.  With this in mind, we designed an open, transparent space, made primarily of glass.  The window-walls, combined with the skylights, allow significantly more natural light to spread through the rooms, creating a brighter, more cheerful atmosphere, a feature that is important for children and their development.  Because of the curved shape of the rooms and hallways, movement between sections of the daycare center flows easily.  With better flow and sightlines, efficiency is increased.  The central classroom, nicknamed “The Fishbowl” because of its circular shape and glass walls, is demonstrative of the idea that Sparkles! has nothing to hide.  Being able to see across the entire space also embodies a friendlier environment; no one is visually closed off to any group space, even if it is suited to a different age group.

Schoeb Residence

Easton, MD

This Villa, in a Chinese-inspired style, was originally built as a two-unit dwelling and later converted to a funeral home.  A major renovation and addition of a pagoda like master bedroom pavilion has created a grand single family home.  The renovation included cutting out a vertical slice of the house to bring daylight flooding into the interior.  The garage was converted to a cathedral ceilinged eat-in kitchen.  The two home offices include the husband’s “man cave.”

Downes Curtis Sail Loft

Oxford, MD

Built in 1899 as a school house, this local landmark was used as a sail loft by Downes Curtis and his brother Albert for sixty years. It was restored for use as a custom home in 2006 as a Maryland Historic Tax Credit project. Although major structural repairs and new mechanical and electrical systems were required, all of the original historic fabric was retained.

Recipient of the annual Heritage Award from the Historical Society of Talbot County, the American Institute of Architects DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources & the Washingtonian Award for Distinctive Residential Design

Awards: Historic Resources Merit Award - AIA DC Chapter

Purple Haze

Lewes, DE

This beautiful Italianate house needed major cosmetic surgery, including a nose job, for a retail addition in front and removal of multiple residential additions at the rear.  The exterior of the original house was restored and a compatible addition added at the back. The completed house features contemporary interiors with vaulted ceilings, extravagant bathrooms, and upper level decks overlooking downtown and the Cape May ferry.  The ground floor includes a new garage and retail shop space.

Awards: 2012 New Construction Award - Lewes Historical Society


Washington, D.C.

The Pagoda was constructed in 1904 as a sorority house for the National Park Seminary. We completed a Historic Structure Report identifying solutions for ground settlement, masonry cracking, deteriorated finishes and failed roofing. A Complete exterior restoration included restoration of original colors, soffit materials and roofing.

Received the American Institute of Architects- DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources.

Lincoln Mews

Washington, D.C.

Inn at 202 Dover

Easton, MD

The colonial Revival Style House in Easton, MD was originally constructed circa 1874. The extensive restoration as a high-end Inn with five luxury suites and restaurant was approved by the Easton Historical Commission, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The construction work included installing missing balustrades, an elevator, conservatory and commercial kitchen, replacing the 1940′s porch enclosure with a glass wall, and restoring the interior plaster cornices, floors and stairs.

We assisted in obtaining a significant amount of Historic Tax Credits for the property.

Recipient of the annual Heritage Award from the Historical Society of Talbot County & the Town of Easton Citation of Excellence in Historic Preservation.


2007 Historic District Citation Exceptional Preservation - Town of Easton Town Council

2007 Annual Heritage Award - The Historic Society of Talbot County

Casa de Maryland

Langley Park, MD

The restoration of the McCormick-Goodhart Mansion turned a badly damaged, vacant, historic property into a thriving Multicultural Center that serves the immigrant community. The construction work included restoration of exterior and historic interior spaces, adaptive use of service and storage areas, and an underground addition.  This required work on every part of the existing building: site work, structure, finishes, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

We strategically included sustainable features in the project without destroying the building’s historic character. The architect helped obtain historic tax credits to fund 60% of this project. All work met or exceeded the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, and was approved by the National Park Service, state and the county agencies.

The project has Gold LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.  The extensive use of green features is saving energy and water, and reducing pollution.

Received the Maryland Historic Trust Project Excellence Award, the Prince George’s County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award and the J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, Most Innovative Adaptive Re-Use.


2013 Altrustic Project of the Year- USGBC MD

2012 Historic Preservation Design Excellence Award of Honor - AIA VA Society

2012 Institutional Award - AIA Potomac Valley Chapter

2011 Project Excellence Award - Maryland Historical Trust

2011 Award for Restoration - PG County Historical Society St. George's Day Award

Bucher Residence

Washington, D.C.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Bethesda, MD

Bowieville Mansion

Bowie, MD

Now the centerpiece of the Oak Creek golf course community, the 1820 Bowieville Mansion has undergone a museum quality restoration.  The rehabilitation turned a badly damaged, abandoned historic property into a living landmark in pristine condition. The construction work included restoration of both the exterior and historic interior spaces, and insertion of all new MEP systems.

The project was awarded federal, state and county historic tax credits, through the architect’s assistance.  All work met or exceeded all criteria from state and county agencies, the National Park Service, as well as exceeding the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Though neglect, water damage and vandalism caused severe deterioration, there were enough remnants of the original historic fabric, such as the widow’s walk, porch columns, original stucco, doors, windows, and trim, to guide the restoration. The spatial structure for all primary spaces was maintained, even where the use changed.

The property is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historic significance.

Received The Prince George’s County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award for the ‘Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration of the Bowieville Mansion’ & American Institute of Architects DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources


2007 Historic Resources Merit Award - AIA DC Chapter

2006 Award for Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration - PG County Historical Society St. George's Day Award