Design in the City: Apple Finally Gets Approval for Georgetown Store

Design in the City: Apple Finally Gets Approval for Georgetown Store

Colleen Quinn
Mar 30, 2009
Photo courtesy of The Georgetown Metropolitan

Like many Apple lovers, we were delighted to learn that plans to open an Apple store in Georgetown are finally back on track. We were also intrigued by the back and forth involved in the design process; it was Apple's fifth design that finally met with approval from the local preservation board...

Given Apple's commitment to design in its products, we are not surprised to learn it spends the same effort trying to design its signature stores- apparently this latest effort includes an atrium with potted trees. Of course, it was just the design concept that was approved; we understand that the actual building permits will require another round of vetting by the Old Georgetown Board and the local ANC. If you share our interest in such issues, we recommend The Washington Post article about the great debate between preservation and development in Georgetown.

I actually grew up in DC with its complicated zoning and preservation laws, and remember the problems some families had getting approval to make changes to their homes in neighboring Chevy Chase, MD. It was only months ago that my own neighborhood wrestled with the question of designation as a historic district, a proposal that met with vocal opposition from many residents concerned about the future effects of such designation- concerns that appear to have merit given the process Apple has just endured...

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