Our friends at The Rubin Group were recently kind enough to give us a tour of the nearly complete, and nearly sold out, new condo development, The Sanctuary. Our favorite part of touring new construction projects with the developer is the insight and background that we gain. When presented with the opportunity, the Rubin Group acquired and converted the Way of the Cross Church of Christ into 30 magnificent residences on historic Capitol Hill.

Andrew, the firm’s founder, walked us through the project sharing his initial vision for the Sanctuary and pointed out stunning details. Our first and most obvious impression of the conversion was the developer’s respect for the site’s history. While fully updated, modern amenities never appeared garish or out of place.


Starting from the terrace and working our way up, the work spoke for itself. Exposed brick walls revealed how the church had been built and rebuilt over time, adding character to the building without seeming forced. Natural light poured in from the windows while we were below grade. Each unit had something unique about it, and when we inquired about standard floor plans, Andrew shocked us by explaining no floor plan was repeated throughout the building.

Making our way to the upper levels, Andrew guided us through one of the few remaining two bedroom condos. The condo featured stunning stained glass windows that filled the living area and kitchen with romantic lighting. Perhaps best of all, the condo’s roof access provided stunning views of the Capitol.

Finally, Andrew ushered us through the Penthouse. The condo includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room and a large den. The space masterfully mixes the crowning jewel of stained glass windows with a sleek and elegant interior. The first floor houses the main living space, kitchen with upgraded finishes and a dining area. The second floor features the second bedroom and a glass catwalk that leads to the den.


But not just any den… At the end of the catwalk is a spiral staircase that leads to the top of what was once the church’s old bell tower. The views here are breathtaking. The top of the bell tower has a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, enough room for a small living room set, and is the tallest point in the surrounding neighborhood. 

We left The Sanctuary thinking that it entirely lived up to its name, and looking forward to seeing what Andrew and the rest of Rubin’s Development team come up with next.

The Sanctuary is located at 819 D Street NE and is selling out quickly. Contact us for more information.