A Storied History

Opening on June 1, 1919, the Mather Building was Washington DC's first all-concrete building. Built by rail stock car inventor Alonzo C. Mather of Chicago, the building pays homage to his home city's famous Mather Tower. Created initially as an office building and movie film storage facility, the fireproof building was clad in a gothic-revival terra cotta façade, which has been preserved for all to enjoy. 

Building use has transformed over the years — from private offices to government offices to the University of the District of Columbia's school of fine arts. Abandoned in the 1980s, the building was meticulously restored in 2003 to include commercial space on the bottom floor, artists residence on floors 2 and 3, and condominium living on floors 4 through 10.

Read more about the rich history of the building below:

Opening Day
Washington Post, June 1, 1918

Prosecution Looms in Elevator Crash
Washington Post, November 25, 1930

Beard and 13 Indicted for Gambling
Washington Post, November 2, 1934

Artist Live-Work Spaces 
UrbanTurf, November 4, 2009

Houses Film Exchange
Washington Post, December 30, 1917

Fire in Building Fails to Stop Women Bowlers
Washington Post, May 27, 1924

Ex-Beard Aid Hangs Self in D.C. Apartment
Washington Post, January 18, 1938

Artist Lofts: Where Talent has Room to Bloom
Washington Post, September 25, 2014

Office Lease Advertisement
Washington Post, September 17, 1

Police Hold B. Lust in Fall of Woman in Elevator Shaft
Washington Post, September 8, 1924

The Mather Building
Builder Magazine, October 26, 2005

Mather Studios
DC Condo Boutique