A reader and fellow Madrigal Lofts resident (Scott R) tipped me off last Thursday that the Woodies building in Penn Quarter was undergoing a paint job to it’s old iron trim. This is the building that was formerly anchored by West Elm and is now home to Forever 21.
I was out of town over the weekend but stopped by tonight after work on my way to District of Pi. As luck would have it Paul Millstein and Douglas Jemal, of Douglas Development, were outside the building and asked me for feedback on the in-progress work while I was snapping the photos below. Millstein explained that the previous solid green and gold scheme wasn’t doing the ornate details justice. He suggested the old craftsmanship had a story to tell and the right color scheme could display it more prominently. At present they are experimenting with color combinations and haven’t settled on a scheme.
I told them it was a little too busy with all those colors together. I think I would focus on Green, Gold and Red with a few of the smaller details in either black or white. Blue is my favorite color – but it isn’t working in this context for me. I told Millstein I would post my photo to the blog and that it might be a good forum for feedback. What are your thoughts on colors?