Wrecking Corp of America last week began demolition and excavation work at the 2501 Pennsylvania Avenue site of the historic Luzon Apartment Building. Wrecking Corp also will perform a facadomy to retain the brick façade, which will be incorporated into a luxury condominium project. The general contractor for the project is Tompkins Builders of DC.
The Luzon Building, which has been vacant for years, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 as an example of Romanesque architecture from the 1875–1899 period. The DC Historic Preservation Review Board, in recommending the building for listing, cited the Luzon as a prime example of an apartment building, a structure in its early development during the late nineteenth century. Built in 1896 and designed by Washington architect Nicholas Haller, the Luzon is one of only a dozen or so apartment buildings remaining from the period.