River Park is a mid-century oasis amongst DC’s neoclassic design, due to the vision of architect Charles Goodman. Following his design of the Reagan Airport and award-winning Hollin Hills community in Virginia, Goodman turned his attention to River Park in 1962. Sponsored by Reynolds Aluminum, Goodman eschewed the colonial revival so popular in the region and designed a glass- and aluminum-clad community of mixed-sized units. River Park consists of two joined high-rise buildings and clusters of townhouses surrounding courtyards to encourage a sense of community.
River Park is renowned for its unique “barrel roof” townhouses. These charming, half-moon upper floors create a pretty and unusual view, both from the inside and outside. These townhouses also have decorative aluminum facades – distinctive design elements that are also found on the high rise balconies.
Since 1962, hundreds of families have been raised here – and many of the parents stayed – so that the membership is extraordinarily diverse in every way. And at its 50th anniversary, River Park continues this tradition of providing housing for young families and single professionals living in DC.
River Park’s Southwest location is convenient by car, foot, bike and metro. We are close to all major highways – 395, 295, Route 1, and the GW Memorial Parkway – with easy access to Georgetown and Capitol Hill. Within one block you’ll find the Waterfront Metro, Safeway, CVS, an organic cleaner, and Capital Bikeshare. Within just a few more blocks are the Arena Stage, Nationals Park, The Yards Park, a public library, schools, churches, restaurants, parks, the Southwest Heritage Trail, marinas, cruise boats and water taxis. River Park is also walking distance to the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, U.S. Capitol, Tidal Basin, and L’Enfant Plaza.
Photo: E. L. Malvaney