Urban Refuge on R Street

July 30, 2020

If houses, like people, are known by the company they keep, then the estate at 3210 R St. NW is very grand indeed. Built in 1941, it has been home to such Washington luminaries as yachtsman and philanthropist Walter S. …

A Place for Everything

July 15, 2020


“I create spaces the way I imagine using them,” says architect, artist and native Washingtonian Chryssa Wolfe about her unique approach to home building and design. “I always like to leave …

District Planner and Builder Allen Lew Dies

June 25, 2020

Former D.C. City Administrator Allen Lew, 69, for decades the District’s get-it-done manager of major construction projects, died on June 23 due to COVID-19 complications.

A native New Yorker with architecture degrees from the City College of New York and …

Sold: Kevin Plank’s Georgetown Mansion

June 22, 2020

The 12,000-square-foot Georgetown mansion at 1405 34th St. NW owned by billionaire Under Armour founder Kevin Plank has sold for $17.25 million.

Listed for $29.5 million in February of 2018 — then the highest price tag in the metropolitan area …

Taking It From the Top

June 17, 2020


In this dark time, nothing brightens one’s outlook like a sunny penthouse with phenomenal views. Penthouse 62 at Dumbarton Place fits the bill, with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Dupont Circle to …

Splendor in the Grass

June 11, 2020

It was, after all, a garden where Eve first met temptation. And it is the gardens — extensive, varied and winningly landscaped — that create such a captivating setting for the distinctive brick and clapboard Federal at 1224 30 St. …

Memorial Day Reflections — From The Georgetowner Archives

May 25, 2020

Here is a account of Memorial Day 2013 by our late colleague and writer Gary Tischler — Right Time, Right Place, Memorial Day Reflections.

Featured Property: Hidden Treasure in Capitol Hill

May 7, 2020

Frederick Douglass may not have slept here, but this carriage house on the Capitol Hill alleyway that now bears his name is one of three distinctive properties the famed orator and statesman once owned in this historic neighborhood. Jonathan Smith …

Working From Home: Designing a Space You Can Live With

April 6, 2020

In my work as a reviewer of high-end, high-design homes for The Georgetowner and others, I’ve come across a number of floor plans grandly designating certain rooms as “home offices” or “libraries.”

No doubt, many of them are fulfilling this …

House of the Week: A Very Irish House on 36th St.

March 11, 2020

During the early 1800s, west Georgetown attracted many Irish immigrants proficient in the building trades — carpenters, stone cutters and bricklayers. They came to work on construction projects in the Federal City, including on many of the larger homes in …