According to a sketch the architect produced, each car would create a 560 square-foot, one-bedroom apartment with prefab kitchenettes and bathrooms. Moore envisions having the cars on vacant city land, where there could be vegetable gardens.
Moore’s a well-known architect in D.C. He’s known for the Washington Harbor mixed-use development along the Potomac, the newer buildings of the Phillips Collection, and the renovation of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
The architect would have some hurdles to pass to make his plan come to fruition; some of the cars have asbestos. But a Metro spokesman says it will “consider any viable proposal for other uses of the cars, provided that it is budget neutral to Metro and complies with all applicable laws, regulations, etc.”
A District architect thinks old Metro train cars should be turned into tiny houses [Washington Post]