BALLARD MENSUA ARCHITECTURE

BALLARD MENSUA ARCHITECTURE BALLARD MENSUA ARCHITECTURE, FOUNDED BY SETH BALLARD, ARCHITECT, IS A BOUTIQUE ARCHITECTURAL FIRM SPECIALIZING IN HIGHLY CUSTOM DESIGNS AND TURNKEY PROJECT MANAGEMENT. CUSTOM HOMES, INTERIORS, ADDITIONS, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN.
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Last week we showed you how to use Houzz. This week we will show you how to use ourwebsite to get the most out of what w...
04/13/2020

Last week we showed you how to use Houzz. This week we will show you how to use our
website to get the most out of what we have to offer.
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#architect #architecture #design #designer #website #guide #howto #architecturewebsite #site
#photooftheday #ballardmensua

Happy Sketch Friday! Today we challenge all of you to post one creative thing you’ve donetoday. If you tag us we will fe...
04/10/2020

Happy Sketch Friday! Today we challenge all of you to post one creative thing you’ve done
today. If you tag us we will feature you in our story! Ready, set, create!
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#architect #architecture #design #designer #residential #mountainhouse #snowshoe
#mountains #rendering #render #sketch #art #architecturesketch #archisketch #archisketchture
#sketchfriday #sketchoftheday #sketchoftheweek #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Get outside in the safety of your own backyard with this impressive #beforeandafter backyardaddition.------#architect #a...
04/09/2020

Get outside in the safety of your own backyard with this impressive #beforeandafter backyard
addition.
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#architect #architecture #design #designer #residential #tbt #beforeandafterarchitecture
#tbtarchitect #upgrade #renovation #exterior #exteriorarchitecture #getoutside #socialdistancing
#corona #coronavirus #covid #covid_19 #Photooftheday #BallardMensua

We can get on board with this Mies van d we're Rohe quote --------#architect #architecture #design #designer #Miesvander...
04/08/2020

We can get on board with this Mies van d we're Rohe quote -
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#architect #architecture #design #designer #MiesvanderRohe #LudwigMiesvanderRohe #wednesday
#architecturequote #archiquote #architectquote #quote #quotes #starchitect # quoteoftheday
#quoteoftheweek #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Enjoy any time of day with this classic front porch.------#architect #architecture #design #designer #residential #porch...
04/07/2020

Enjoy any time of day with this classic front porch.
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#architect #architecture #design #designer #residential #porch #frontporch #rockingchair
#sunset #twilight #goldenhour #upgrade #renovation #exterior #exteriorarchitecture #getoutside
#socialdistancing #corona #coronavirus #covid #covid_19 #Photooftheday #BallardMensua

Last week we posted a few features that we had on Houzz. For those who don’t know what Houzz is or how it works, we will...
04/06/2020

Last week we posted a few features that we had on Houzz. For those who don’t know what Houzz is or how it works, we will be putting up the link to our Houzz page up and you can look to our story for some tips on how you can utilize Houzz so that we can help you on your project!
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#houzz #architect #architecture #design #designer #residential #howto #guide #LinkinBio
#photooftheday #ballardmensua

Happy #throwbackthursday - here's a great kitchen upgrade to get you thinking about your next home project. Whether big ...
04/02/2020

Happy #throwbackthursday - here's a great kitchen upgrade to get you thinking about your next home project. Whether big or small, Ballard Mensua is happy to help!
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #residential #renovation #Interior #kitchen #kitchenupgrade #kitchenremodel #upgrade #update #openfloorplan #corona #covid #beforeandafter #tbt #photooftheday #BallardMensua

Another Feature on Houzz! "How 5 Design Pros Break Through Creative Blocks" check it out with the link in our bio. -----...
04/01/2020

Another Feature on Houzz! "How 5 Design Pros Break Through Creative Blocks" check it out with the link in our bio.
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #article #houzz #houzzfeature #feature #featured #linkinbio #photooftheday #BallardMensua

Happy Monday Everyone! Take advantage of your outdoors with plants, patios, and peroglas, custom designed by Ballard Men...
03/30/2020

Happy Monday Everyone! Take advantage of your outdoors with plants, patios, and peroglas, custom designed by Ballard Mensua Architecture!
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #residential #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #exteriordesign #exterior #getoutside #backyard #terracedgarden #pergola #patio #covid_19 #socialdistancing #corona #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Half way through the week everyone! --------#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #quote #archiquote #archi...
03/25/2020

Half way through the week everyone!
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #quote #archiquote #architecturequotes #t38studio #alfonsomedina #quotes #quotestagram #quoteoftheday #quoteoftheweek #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Social Distancing? Not a problem. -------#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #customhomes  #residential #...
03/24/2020

Social Distancing? Not a problem.
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #customhomes #residential #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #pool #homepool #backyard #backyardpool #socialdistancing #covid_19 #coronavirus #corona #photooftheday #ballardmensua

We were featured on Houzz! Check out the link in our bio for "8 Ways to Keep Your Home Projects Going While Helping Loca...
03/23/2020

We were featured on Houzz! Check out the link in our bio for "8 Ways to Keep Your Home Projects Going While Helping Local Pros." Happy Monday Everyone!
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #residential #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #houzz #houzzrender #handrender #sketch #sketchoftheday #architecturesketch #archisketcher #archisketch #featured #corona #coronavirus #covid_19 #stayin #stayhome #localbusiness #homeprojects #renovation #photooftheday #ballardmensua

What a lovely place to spend a Sunday in bed-------#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #residential #resi...
03/22/2020

What a lovely place to spend a Sunday in bed
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#architecture #architect #design #designer #custom #residential #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #bedroom #naturallight #sunlight #daylight #stayhome #stayin #Sunday #weekend #relax #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Happy Sketch Friday Everyone! Need a hand thinking through your renovation? We're here to help with sketches made during...
03/20/2020

Happy Sketch Friday Everyone! Need a hand thinking through your renovation? We're here to help with sketches made during meetings to help you envision what we can create for you!
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#architecture #architect #design #residential #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #sketch #sketchfriday #sketchoftheday #archisketch #archisketcher #architecturesketch #home #custom #customhomes #tgif #Friday #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Here is a Sketch Friday and Throwback Thursday all in one. This is a home that we worked on with CIMA Design & Build loc...
09/20/2019

Here is a Sketch Friday and Throwback Thursday all in one. This is a home that we worked on with CIMA Design & Build located in Clarendon. Swipe to see the finished home and what it looked like before we started construction. To see more, look for Clarendon Bungalow on our website! @ Clarendon, Virginia

Brilliant Architect and Pritzker Prize Winner, Zaha Hadid, is 'write' (see what we did there) about this part of archite...
09/19/2019

Brilliant Architect and Pritzker Prize Winner, Zaha Hadid, is 'write' (see what we did there) about this part of architecture. We design and redesign over and over to get the perfect proportions, layout, and details in every room.
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#architecture #architect #zahahadid #Render #design #quote #architecturequote #wisdom #redo #practicemakesperfect

Every home has its own voice, personality, and characteristics. Here at Ballard + Mensua Architecture, we try to listen ...
09/18/2019

Every home has its own voice, personality, and characteristics. Here at Ballard + Mensua Architecture, we try to listen to what the home is telling us and improve upon what already exists.
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To see more, look for ‘New Life for an Old Gem in Chevy Chase.’
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#ballardmensua #photooftheday #architecture #design #architect #Custom #naturallight #restup #cozy #interiordesign #interior

What a cozy place to curl up on a fall day. We love big couches and built-ins!----To see more, look for ‘Improving a Spl...
09/17/2019

What a cozy place to curl up on a fall day. We love big couches and built-ins!
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To see more, look for ‘Improving a Split’ on our website.
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#ballardmensua #photooftheday #builtin #fall #autumn #rainyday #builtin #architecture #design #architect #Custom #naturallight #restup #cozy #interiordesign #interior #den

We love adding a little character to each home. Through built-ins, material choice, layout, and more we work with each h...
09/16/2019

We love adding a little character to each home. Through built-ins, material choice, layout, and more we work with each homeowner to make their home exactly what they want.
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#architecture #design #architect #custom #brick #lighting #layout #builtin #kitchen #masterbedroom #brick #exposedbrick #cat #photooftheday #BallardMensua

Happy sketch Friday! #TGIF #sketch #sketchoftheday #Architecture #architect #design #draw #RenderVsReal #render #photoof...
09/13/2019

Happy sketch Friday!

#TGIF #sketch #sketchoftheday #Architecture #architect #design #draw #RenderVsReal #render #photooftheday #BallardMensua

This week for our #ThrowbackThursday we are going to continue with our Ultimate Carpenter’s Challenge project. The first...
09/12/2019

This week for our #ThrowbackThursday we are going to continue with our Ultimate Carpenter’s Challenge project. The first image is the finished home and the second is a rendering done before the project’s construction. Can you tell the difference?
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#architecture #architect #design #tbt #beforeandafter #rendervsreal #render #construction #photooftheday #timberframe #exterior #residence #residentialarchitecture #ballardmensua

Luxury and character were combined to create a comfortable and stylish place. The careful lighting selection brought thi...
09/10/2019

Luxury and character were combined to create a comfortable and stylish place. The careful lighting selection brought this project to another level of elegance and the wainscoting added a delicate contrast to the ornate wall paper. Our small decisions lead to complementary styles throughout the home.
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#architecture #design #architect #residential #residence #upgrade #renovation #interior #custom #complementary #customhome #kitchen #stairs #lighting #chandelier #wainscoting #elegant #dining #diningroom #Photooftheday #ballardmensua

Monday is hard. Thankfully, we have these amazing timber connections to get us through the day. What gets you through yo...
09/09/2019

Monday is hard. Thankfully, we have these amazing timber connections to get us through the day. What gets you through your Monday?
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Look for ‘Custom Timber Frame Home’ on our website for more pictures and let us know if we can help you with your custom home needs!
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#architecture #design #Monday #architect #timberframe #timber #timberdeatil #details #architecturedetail #naturalmaterial #naturallight #skylight #stonefireplace #stone #wood #fireplace #balcony #expressivestructure #Photooftheday #BallardMensua

Progress on custom home at snowshoe. Side view. #modernmountainhome #snowshoe
09/09/2019

Progress on custom home at snowshoe. Side view. #modernmountainhome #snowshoe

Progress of custom home at snowshoe resort. View from road above. #modernmountainhome
09/09/2019

Progress of custom home at snowshoe resort. View from road above. #modernmountainhome

Progress on our custom home at snowshoe resort. #snowshoemountain #modernmountainhome
09/09/2019

Progress on our custom home at snowshoe resort. #snowshoemountain #modernmountainhome

Happy Sketch Friday! Voting Ends Monday for the #bestofArlington so please don’t forget to vote for us!-----#architectur...
09/06/2019

Happy Sketch Friday! Voting Ends Monday for the #bestofArlington so please don’t forget to vote for us!
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#architecture #sketch #design #draw #sketchoftheday #sketchoftheweek #residential #sketchfriday #tgif #architects #Photooftheday #handmade #BallardMensua

Before and After: Render Addition!A render is a 3D model that our architects create using architectural computer softer....
09/05/2019

Before and After: Render Addition!
A render is a 3D model that our architects create using architectural computer softer. This render was completed before a meeting with our clients so that we could show them their project in an accurate and understandable way. After some reflection, we decided to change the color scheme a little, but other than that, the final project was identical to the render after it was built.
The way that we involve our clients in the design process and give them images that are easy for them to understand is one of the many reasons why you should vote for us in the #bestofArlington survey. Link in bio.
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#architecture #design #architect #residential #residence #timberframe #custom #customhome #render #stairs #vaultedceiling #3Dmodel #RenderVsReal #interior #tbt #beforeandafter #Photooftheday #ballardmensua

Our intern’s favorite architect, Frank Gehry, leads the world in contemporary architecture and helped to establish decon...
09/04/2019

Our intern’s favorite architect, Frank Gehry, leads the world in contemporary architecture and helped to establish deconstructivism as an architecture style. We agree with this quote from him about architecture’s relation to time.
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#architecture #architecturequote #quote #louisKahn #kahn #design #truth #photooftheday #ballardmensua

Voting for Best of Arlington is out for a only a few more days! Please go out and Vote! The Link is below and in our bio...
09/03/2019

Voting for Best of Arlington is out for a only a few more days! Please go out and Vote! The Link is below
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#vaultedceiling #custom #complementary #customhome #Naturallight #sunlight #daylight
#bestofarlington #vote #competition #balcony #addition #Photooftheday #ballardmensua

Happy Sketch Friday Everyone! Have a great weekend!-----#architecture #sketch #design #draw #sketchoftheday #sketchofthe...
08/30/2019

Happy Sketch Friday Everyone! Have a great weekend!
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#architecture #sketch #design #draw #sketchoftheday #sketchoftheweek #residential #sketchfriday #tgif #architects #Photooftheday #handmade #ballardmensua

Look at the amazing exterior renovation of this gorgeous home! We can turn your fixer upper into a dream home too!------...
08/29/2019

Look at the amazing exterior renovation of this gorgeous home! We can turn your fixer upper into a dream home too!
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#architecture #design #architect #residential #residence #upgrade #renovation #Addition #timberframe #exterior #custom #customhome #frontporch #vegetation #plantlife #upgrade #fixerupper #tbt #beforeandafter #Photooftheday #ballardmensua

Eileen Gray, architect and designer, provides this quote of the week. She influenced architects such as Le Corbusier and...
08/28/2019

Eileen Gray, architect and designer, provides this quote of the week. She influenced architects such as Le Corbusier and helped shape the modernist movement.
This quote speaks to our dedication to taking the time to ensure we are designing the best possible home for your family.
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#architecture #architecturequote #quote #eileengray #designer #design #art #create #truth #qupteoftheweek #process #photooftheday #ballardmensua

This dining and living room show pure elegance from the open plan to the chandelier finish. We focus on both the big pic...
08/27/2019

This dining and living room show pure elegance from the open plan to the chandelier finish. We focus on both the big picture and the smallest detail to ensure that you will be happy with your forever home. Let us know what we can do for you.
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Look for “Hiding a Roof Raise” on our website for more pictures.
#architecture #design #architect #residential #residence #upgrade #renovation #interior #custom #customhome #livingroom #dining #diningroom #Photooftheday #ballardmensua

It is a project we just finished up in Bethesda, Maryland. The owner wanted to prioritize the display of all of the art ...
08/26/2019

It is a project we just finished up in Bethesda, Maryland. The owner wanted to prioritize the display of all of the art that she had collected during her international travels. With this upgrade, we opened up the kitchen and installed Gallery-like lighting throughout the home so that when she returns home after each Journey she can feel comfortable and connected at the same time.
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To see more, look for "Global Nomad's Home" on our website.
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#architecture #design #architecr #global #nomad #international #residential #residence #upgrade #Renovation #pool #backyard #addition #timberframe #builtin #wine #dormer #exterior #interior #custom #customhome #kitchen #dining #Photooftheday #BallardMensua

Never have to ask the time in Switzerland.  Clock tower in historic Berne. #clocktowers #bernswitzerland
08/23/2019

Never have to ask the time in Switzerland. Clock tower in historic Berne. #clocktowers #bernswitzerland

Happy sketch Friday! The best of Arlington Survey is still out! Link in bio! Please Vote! Have a great weekend!
08/23/2019

Happy sketch Friday! The best of Arlington Survey is still out! Link in bio! Please Vote! Have a great
weekend!

The Swiss know how to live and how to garden.  As you can see in this impressive home just below the Thun Castle. #swiss...
08/23/2019

The Swiss know how to live and how to garden. As you can see in this impressive home just below the Thun Castle. #swissgardens #swisshomes #thunswitzerland

Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen.  This is the view from the bridge I just posted.  #lucerne_swit...
08/22/2019

Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen. This is the view from the bridge I just posted. #lucerne_switzerland

Another amazing timber bridge    This one in Lucerne.  #timberbridge #lucerne_switzerland
08/22/2019

Another amazing timber bridge This one in Lucerne. #timberbridge #lucerne_switzerland

We've said it before and we'll say it again--we LOVE built-ins! Look at how a window seat and a a bookcase transformed t...
08/22/2019

We've said it before and we'll say it again--we LOVE built-ins! Look at how a window seat and a a bookcase transformed this room! How can we transform your home?
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Voting is still open for Arlington magazine's #bestofarlingon survey! Please vote for us and look to our highlights for advice on who else to vote for.
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#Architecture #design #Interior #Renovation #Photooftheday #architect #bookcase #bookshelf #minilibrary #windowseat #residential #house #upgrade #addition #customhome #residence #home #tbt #beforeandafter #BallardMensua

My carpenters are going to hate that I went to Switzerland.  This house at near the base of the gondolas up to Schilterh...
08/21/2019

My carpenters are going to hate that I went to Switzerland. This house at near the base of the gondolas up to Schilterhorn Lots of new ideas and challenges. #swisswoodworking #timberdetails

Spiez castle and winery.  Defines the word picturesque. #castles #swisscastle
08/21/2019

Spiez castle and winery. Defines the word picturesque. #castles #swisscastle

Address

5185 MacArthur Blvd #370
Washington D.C., DC
20016

General information

BALLARD MENSUA ARCHITECTURE OFFERS CLIENTS A COMBINED 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN RESIDENTIAL REMODELING, CUSTOM HOMES, HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND INTERIOR DESIGN. ASSOCIATE VICENTE MENSUA IS SETH BALLARD'S FATHER AND LAW AND RUNS OUR OFFICE IN SPAIN. WE ARE ARCHITECTS LICENSED IN VA, MD AND DC... AND ARE NCARB CERTIFIED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE ANYWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA. ALL OF OUR WORK IS GREEN. MOST OF OUR WORK IS IN THE WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA, ALONG THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND BEACHES AND IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS AND VALLEY OF MARYLAND, VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA. WE HAVE DONE PROJECTS IN NEW ENGLAND, DOWN AS FAR AS FLORIDA AND PANAMA CITY, PANAMA... AND HAVE AN ONGOING PRACTICE IN GIRONA, BARCELONA AND VALENCIA, SPAIN. WE BELIEVE IN FULL PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND IN DETAILING PROJECTS AHEAD OF TIME TO RESULT IN A BETTER CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE. WE HAVE LEARNED FROM EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT IN CONSTRUCTION AND IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP. WE THINK OF OUR HOUSES LIKE LARGE PIECES OF FURNITURE. WE HAVE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH A VARIETY OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS, SUB CONTRACTORS AND VENDORS REQUIRED TO BUILD ANYTHING ... AND THE EXPERIENCE AND CREATIVITY TO DESIGN AND ENGINEER OUR CLIENTS DREAMS. CUSTOM HOMES CUSTOM ADDITIONS AND RENOVATIONS RE-CONFIGURING EXISTING SPACE MILLWORK DESIGN INTERIORS HISTORIC PRESERVATION LANDSCAPE DESIGN MASTER PLANNING SCHOOL DESIGN MULTI-FAMILY

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:30
Thursday 09:00 - 18:30
Friday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(202) 810-6555

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Our Story

Founded in 2005, Ballard + Mensua is a full service architecture firm with a specialty in truly unique and custom homes and renovations. We help our clients with projects of all sizes, whether helping a young family with a master plan to build in phases as they can afford, or designing dream homes to retire to on the water or in the mountains. Our unique cost study process helps to offer the advantages of design build, with the checks and balances of independent architect and builder. While many architects do not understand construction well, or interiors well, we believe in a fully integrated project management approach and specialize in interior design and construction management. Our drawings are both client friendly, and contractor friendly. We detail drawings in a way that tells the contractors exactly what to build and our details work because we have built before. We value our contractor and vendor relationships as much as our client relationships. After Seth Ballard's 21 years of practice, these relationships allow us to build virtually anything, no matter how custom. We have a further specialty in historic preservation. Ballard Mensua however, loves working in every style... we find it more fun to work on a contemporary, a Georgian, a colonial and an arts and crafts house all at the same time.

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