After a series of unfortunate “renovations” over the decades, the owners of this Beaux-Arts gem on Embassy Row wanted to bring it back to its original, Roaring-Twenties glory.
We worked inside out, gutting past alterations, installing new electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems and restoring the finishes to the level of detail and quality expected in a house of this caliber. To the rear of the ground floor, we added a dining room with French doors opening to the garden, which was formerly cut off from the interior. We also combined the kitchen with the previous dining room on the second level to create a single kitchen and family room space. Off the kitchen was a peaked breakfast nook, under its own roof, which we restored to feel like a tiny glass jewel box. The old wood deck off space was replaced with a new stone terrace that properly complements the home’s elegant design.
The original living room facing Massachusetts Avenue, meanwhile, breathes new life with historically accurate detail and built-ins. Upstairs, we reorganized the layout to expand the master suite with a larger dressing room that includes more closet space and a comfortable master bath. The existing top-floor den and roof deck also got a facelift; they both provide stunning views of Rock Creek Park and the July 4th fireworks that explode over the National Mall. Louis Shields of Hastening Design Studio in Middleburg selected elegant furnishings and antiques throughout the home that stand up to its stately original architecture.
The home’s limestone façade, plus all its original doors and windows, moreover, were cleaned and restored. A highlight is the pair of massive, arched garage doors that are visible from the street, which pop in a deep shade of French blue—a jaunty welcome to this renewed grande dame.