Georgetown House Tour Featured Homes: 3264 S 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?  

3264 S St. NW / Melissa and Dale Overmyer  

“I engaged an architect and he engaged a designer [wink, wink], but that was 38 years ago when we got married!” — Melissa Overmyer 

We chose to move to Georgetown just after we married and graduated, 38 years ago, because Dale’s uncle had a beautiful row house on Reservoir Road that he invited us to live in with him and experience D.C. There were so many fantastic job opportunities and we eventually fell in love with Georgetown. We expected to only stay about a year, and here we are, only having moved a few blocks multiple times over the years. 

We chose our home because it had a cozy feeling and an unbelievable amount of storage, parking, a pool and a large garden. It was so ugly at the time, but it was ripe with potential. Due to the ugly factor, we could afford it. Our goal was a total renovation and restoration, which we were given the opportunity to do twice. I engaged an architect and he engaged a designer [wink, wink], but that was 38 years ago when we got married! We worked together to bring our vision for this home to life. I am now a theologian and writer, but still love to do design for fun, and I highly recommend my architect, Dale Overmyer, who is also my husband! He’s the best.  

I have so many favorite features, like creating the two-story atrium to greet you when you walk into the house, the conservatory feel that connects the family room to the garden, the fireplace with my fossil collection imbedded into the masonry, the backlit onyx wall in the powder room, the stumpery in the garden, the upstairs primary bath and suite and, if I’m honest, my nugget ice machine in the bar.   

I always choose two opposing muses when I do design work. This time for the interior and furniture it was Austin Powers and a cave man. If they wouldn’t have chosen it, neither would I (like the sleek contemporary furniture paired with raw or petrified wood and loads of plants).   

The exterior was more of a “Christmas in Connecticut” kind of warm, welcoming, happy home feel. It’s an unusual combination, but a fun surprise that actually works when you enter.  

A clickable photo gallery of the home can be found below.

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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