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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Thaddeus Stevens School


Thaddeus Stevens school

washington, dc

The historic Thaddeus Stevens School was the oldest extant elementary school still in use in DC. Originally built for the influx of freed slaves in 1868, the building was deemed a DC landmark and National Historical Site by the National Park Service. Stevens School was closed in 2008.



Ivymount School and Programs is working to revive the historic school and create a DC campus for the education group. Focusing on students throughout the DC metropolitan area with learning disabilities, health impairments, and Austin Spectrum disorders, Ivymount aims to help children and young adults achieve the highest level of personal development and independence to live with dignity and respect. Ivymount will utilize the historic Stevens School as a modern learning center to acheive both the immediate and long range needs of the students.



Martinez+Johnson is leading the design of the school’s redevelopment and preservation. The building’s structure, exterior envelope, and interior will be repaired, stabilized, and adapted to accommodate the Ivymount program established by the school and the programming consultant. M+J is shepherding the project through the entitlements process, including HPRB approvals and presentations with the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the DC Preservation League, the Historic Preservation Office, and the DC Office of Planning.

Owner: Ivymount school and programs c/o janet wintrol

Completion: 2018

Size: 40,000SF

Cost: est $13M