During an extensive 10-year renovation of their 1917 home in the historic Rosemont district of Alexandria, the owners, Bill Wiley and Sydnye Pettengill, were stumped by what to do with their kitchen. They knew they wanted to move it and recapture part of the wraparound porch that the previous owners had removed when they expanded the kitchen.
“We were so focused on how to make the kitchen integrated with the character of the house and not create an unsightly appendage like so many additions,” said Sydnye Pettengill, an interior designer who runs her business out of the two-story carriage house behind the home.
The architect, Patrick Camus of Alexandria, “had the eureka moment of rotating the configuration of those connected spaces 90 degrees,” she said. “He then created the belvedere which resolved the exterior roof lines.”
The belvedere, a roofed gallery that acts as a skylight to flood the space with light, was the ideal solution. It was one of the many ways the owners brought in modern touches while preserving the home’s historic character.
The 7,590-square-foot house overflows with period details, including 10-foot ceilings on the main level, mahogany stair railings with goosenecks, cast-iron claw foot tubs, original doors and windows with wavy glass. The 61 windows and French doors suffuse the interior with natural light to give it an open, airy feel.
One of the more unexpected delights is a window seat located on a staircase landing. The cozy nook invites you to settle in with a good book and a cup of tea.
The kitchen’s amenities encourage entertaining. There’s a walk-in pantry, two sinks, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, a convection oven and a warming drawer.
Outdoor retreats include front and back porches and a quaint side terrace. Views of the landmark George Washington Masonic Temple abound. Indoors, the house has automated lighting and climate control and distributed audio and visual. The lower level is wired for a home theater.
The six-bedroom, seven-bath house sits on one-third of an acre within walking distance of the Metro and Old Town.
“Our children are grown and gone,” Pettengill said. “We’re looking for the right family to take it to its full advantage and enjoy it for what we’ve created.”
The property, at 210 North View Terrace, Alexandria, is listed for $2.85 million. More information can be found at www.210nvt.com. An open house will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Listing: 210 North View Terrace, Alexandria
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