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

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. 


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.

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

Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Bethesda, MD