Watha T. Daniel House a Model for Historic Renovation in DC
Attorney and former Treasury Department official Robb LaKritz co-founded the real estate development and investment firm of LaKritz Adler Development more than a decade ago. Along with his former Treasury colleague Josh Adler, Mr. LaKritz has been instrumental in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of a number of notable Washington, DC-area properties. In addition, Robb LaKritz and his firm have earned honors for their attention to the preservation of buildings listed on the United States National Historic Register.
Among LaKritz Adler’s signature projects is the conversion of the historic Watha T. Daniel House to a mixed commercial and residential usage property. The building originally served as the home of the civic leader, whose name also graces the Shaw Public Library in the capital. Following its acquisition in a foreclosure sale, the firm thoroughly reconstructed the building’s floors, which had suffered damage from water and termites. LaKritz Adler additionally re-supported the sunken roof and conducted other restorations in keeping with the historic identity of the structure.
Watha T. Daniel, one of the first African-Americans to receive licensure as a master plumber in the District of Columbia, was a noted figure in the life of his community, and particularly in the Shaw neighborhood. Born in 1911, he served on a number of community boards, including the DC Model Cities Commission, before his death in 1973.