The First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) has a proud history of more than 160 years serving Washington DC. In 2004 their building was deteriorating. The Church issued an RFP to create a new accessible and sustainable facility, in addition to selling the air rights to create a mixed-use center. FCUCC selected PN Hoffman to develop the property. Originally, we planned for a new church with condo units above, but we soon altered our plans to a Class-A office building, as we felt the condo market was trending toward oversupply and office space was in demand. Together, FCUCC and PN Hoffman hired renowned architect Williams Tsien and designed a progressive, award-winning, mixed-use office with an inspirational street level church. PN Hoffman began development of the site. When the economy became tumultuous in 2008, PN Hoffman sold its equity interests at a profit to Skanska, staying on as fee developer to fulfil our commitments and guide our vison to fruition.
733 Tenth consists of 10 floors of Class-A office space plus ground floor retail, and it is the home of The First Congregational United Church of Christ (occupying 24,000 SF). PN Hoffman and Williams Tsien derived the iconic building shape from creative utilization of public space. We had utilized bay projections in numerous residential projects, but applying this idea toward office space was uncommon at the time. The glass building appears to veer “off course,” disrupting the obedient rectilinear buildings which more traditionally align to the CBD’s street grid. This iconic church and glass structure sits proudly (and perhaps as a contrarian) in the heart of Washington DC’s CBD.
733 Tenth is a celebrated and successful building since it opened in 2010. The First Congregational United Church of Christ offers worship, fellowship and community services in their beautiful space. The office space leased to full capacity upon opening. In February 2016, Jamestown sold the building to Investcorp for $180 million; at $1,053 per square foot, this is one of the highest prices per square foot ever paid for office space in Washington DC.