Georgetown House Tour Featured Homes: 3122 N St. NW

This year’s guide to the Georgetown House Tour features a Q&A with the owners of the homes on the tour, compiled by Georgetown House Tour Co-Chair Azali Kassum. Donna Leanos is Georgetown House Tour Co-Chair again this year. Below is the list of questions we asked, followed by the owners’ in-depth responses, edited for space and clarity.

Our questions:  

Why did you choose to move to Georgetown?  

What in particular drew you to your home?  

Was your objective a renovation, a restoration, both or neither?  

Did you engage an architect?  

Did you engage an interior designer?  

What are some of your favorite features of your home?  

What drove your inspiration and design choices?  

3122 N St. NW / Elena and Phillip Fletcher  

“We loved the high ceilings and the nearly full wall-sized windows overlooking the charming back garden.” — Elena and Phillip Fletcher  

When we returned to the U.S. from London, where we had lived for over 20 years, there was no question where we wanted to live. Phillip attended Georgetown University, as did our daughter Emily, so we knew the neighborhood well. Georgetown, like London, has a historic feel, and one can walk everywhere. We felt at home right away. We wanted to be in walking distance to shops and restaurants, and we were partial to a federal-style house.   

We wanted to renovate the home, but also bring in additional light and openness. We engaged architect Meg Clarke. She was an old friend and she solved a number of complex structural issues, including reorienting an upper staircase to afford greater room to the fourth-floor bedroom suite. She introduced us to the builder, Mike Sullivan of deMarne & Day, whose team did a great job for us, even though we were still in London during most of the work. We also used designer Debby Kernan. We interviewed a number of designers and found her to be easy to work with, and she had an aesthetic that was compatible with ours.  

We wanted to preserve the lovely style of the home, but we also wanted to open additional light and ceiling height. We drew on many of the design features we had become accustomed to in London, such as whimsical wallpapers, Forbes & Lomax light switches, elegant light fixtures and skylights in the kitchen.  

A Full List of the 2024 Homes:

3026 P Street NW  

Owners: Christie & Steve Pelley 

Designer: Zoe Feldman  

Builder: Pyramid 


3045 West Lane Keys  

Owners: Hannah Biggie & Jon Read 

Architect: Christian Zapatka 

Designer: Azali Kassum Design 

Builder: OC Builders 


3322 Dent Place NW 

Owner: Beth Latimer 

Designer: Skip Sroka 


3129 N Street NW  

Owners: Bonnie & Philip Tom 

Architect: BVA BarnesVanze Architects 

Designer: Liz Mearns 


1513 28th Street NW  

Owners: Laura Kim & Chip Newton 

Architect: BVA BarnesVanze Architects 

Designer: Maria Pollard Crosby / Crosby Designs LLC 


3122 N Street NW 

Owners: Elena & Philip Fletcher 


3303 Prospect Street NW 

Owners: Sharon & John Stanton 


3264 S St. Street NW 

Owners: Melissa & Dale Overmyer 

Architect: Dale Overmyer 


The 91st Georgetown House Tour will take place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, April 20. During the afternoon, the Parish Tea will run 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Blake Hall at St. John’s Church, 3240 O St. NW, the beneficiary of the tour. For details, visit or call 202-338-1796.



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