A house designed by John Russell Pope sold Tuesday to Steve VanRoekel, chief information officer of the White House, according to TTR Sotheby’s, the agency responsible for the sale. VanRoekel and his wife, Carrie, paid $6.9 million for the six-bedroom near Embassy Row.
The house was designed in 1935 by Pope, an architect known for his design of the National Archives, the DAR’s Constitution Hall, the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art. It is now the only Pope residence in Washington still in use as a private home.
Van Roekel succeeded Vivek Kundra as White House CIO in 2011, with the mission of using technology to streamline government and moving government services to the cloud while ensuring cybersecurity.
Prior to joining the White House, VanRoekel was managing director of the Federal Communications Commission. While there, he created an iPhone app that mapped broadband access across the country. Before entering public service, he held various roles with Microsoft from 1994 to 2009.
Alex Venditti and Paul Pike of TTR Sotheby’s represented the buyers in the transaction.
“In her book, ‘Private Washington: Residences in the Nation’s Capital,’ Jan Cigliano says that 2991 Woodland Drive was designed ‘for its sense of domestic calm,’” Alex & Paul Group spokesman Jared Lauer said in a statement. “All of the principal rooms of the house are oriented toward the outdoors with an enfilade of rooms opening to the terraced gardens, creating a country house setting in the city.”
The house includes a pool, pool house, outdoor dining room, a cathedral ceiling and a series of gardens designed by Rose Greely, another prominent Washington architect and designer.
Correction: An earlier version of this post said this was the most expensive house within the District, and that was incorrect. This version of the story reflects that change. Thanks to our commentators for pointing it out.