The Cathedral was designed by the architectural firm of Corning, Elmore and Fischer in 1961. The building opened in 1963 as a rental and converted to a co-op on February 1, 1978. The 145 apartments include a mix of units of varying size, from efficiencies to three bedrooms, many with balconies. All units have large wall-to-wall windows, resulting in pleasing, light-filled spaces.
Located in the sylvan Cathedral Heights neighborhood close to the Washington Cathedral, the building is sited fortuitously in a lovely and quiet area close to the city center. Metrobus stops with lines to Farragut Square and Friendship Heights are located in front of the building. The Cathedral’s swimming pool, behind the building, is nestled in an arm of Glover-Archbold National Park.
Over the years, the Cathedral has been a residence for many Washington notables. The building is cited in James Goode’s Best Addresses.
Beginning in 1998, the building has undergone a major renovation. This was completed in 2008. All windows were replaced with double-paned glass, virtually excluding exterior noise. HVAC units were replaced. A new roof was installed and brick facing tuckpointed. All public spaces were redecorated and recarpeted. Door hardware was replaced. The lobby area was completely redesigned, creating a pleasing and modern introduction to the building. All elevators and central heating and A/C plants were reconditioned.