A pair of recent real estate transactions in Sheridan-Kalorama have attracted national headlines: the Obamas renting a house at 2446 Belmont Road NW, and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner purchasing 2449 Tracy Place NW right around the corner. But...
It’s amazing what a makeover can do. Once an unlovely, abandoned apartment building dating from the 19th century, 2501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW was transformed 10 years ago into a stunning boutique condominium building with 16 one-of-a-kind residences outfitted with...
To every city, there’s a season. And in Washington, that season is spring — when the “city of trees” comes alive and we renew our attention to the green spaces beyond the four walls of our homes. With its...
Look closely at a pointillist painting and all you can see are individual dots of color. Pull back and your perspective changes as all those granular colors and patterns resolve into a harmonious whole. The four-level home at 4054...
Architectural style is an eminently renewable resource. The John McKenna House at 1412 34th St. NW is a beautiful example of Federal style, with its understated exterior, simple moldings and geometric lines. All of these features make the brick...
In 1875, Ulysses Grant was living at the White House, the notorious Boss Tweed had escaped his doleful New York prison cell for more hospitable climes in Cuba and Spain, and America’s one-percenters were building baronial manors inspired by...
We’re often advised not to judge a book by its cover. The same can be said of houses. A colonial is a colonial, right? Unless, of course, there’s a more intriguing design story to be told just behind its...
The baronial Tudor at 4801 Blagden Ave. NW is rather like a grande dame that’s seen better days. Still regal but now a little threadbare, it calls for the expert ministrations of “This Old House” or “Rehab Addict.” (“Make...
By: Carlo Massimo When people call Adams Morgan a “vibrant” neighborhood, they’re usually thinking of bars, restaurants, and the Sitar Arts Center.  Adams Morgan is a vibrant neighborhood. But it’s no secret that the old life and color of the neighborhood are...
Toward the end of his life, architect and product designer Michael Graves turned his attention to accessibility. Partially paralyzed as a result of Guillain-Barré syndrome, he brought his personal experience and considerable aesthetic to reimagining hospitals, schools, residential communities...

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