A DC development corporation sought to renovate the Manhattan Laundry complex into tenant office and retail space. cox graae + spack architects designed the adaptive reuse of this ca. 1935 industrial laundry facility, which at the time stood derelict and heavily damaged by exposure and fire. The Manhattan Laundry’s main building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an outstanding example of art modern style architecture. The building’s unique main façade, ornamented with Art Deco touches of glass brick, enameled metal cladding and water-lily panels, were restored during the project. Other original architectural elements, including industrial saw-toothed skylights and coiling overhead service bay doors, were carefully integrated into the new design.