David Nassif Associates, the original developer of this property and its owner for more than 43 years, commissioned two works by nationally recognized artists, sculptor Richard Deutsch and artist Stephen Knapp. The sculpture was created to honor the memory of David Nassif and his son David E. Nassif,
who developed the original building, and the lightpainting was commissioned to celebrate the building’s rebirth and the future.
Drawing references from the massing and shape of the original building by noted architect Edward Durell Stone, Richard Deutsch created Legacy. The sculpture consists of interlocking granite elements which reflect the quadrants of the former building, and the granite elements incorporate vertical striations in the stones to evoke the memory of the former marble fašade. Stephen Knapp’s Transformation is a dynamic and colorful lightpainting that splashes intense beams of colored light along the walls and ceiling to create a mesmerizing composition. The light begins at the D Street entrance of the L’Enfant Metro and visually leads you into the building.