House of the Week | Woodley Park home for $2.495M

Not long after the Taft Bridge was completed in 1907, one of the first and largest unreinforced concrete bridges in the world, a building boom took hold of Washington and a new community sprouted north of the bridge.

Woodley Park was considered a residential suburb at the time, with the bridge that now spans the Rock Creek ravine connecting it to downtown Washington. A.H. Sonnemann, an architect who was best known for Meridian Mansions — or as it is now known, the Envoy — and the northeast wing of the Kennedy-Warren apartment building, designed a row of homes along Woodley Place. Although they were constructed together, each home had a style and character of its own.

Built in 1912, this four-level home stands out for its grand scale. It is 30 feet wide and 6,185 square feet, much more spacious than a typical rowhouse in this neighborhood.

“The thing that’s so unique about these four houses [that Sonnemann designed] . . . they are so enormous,” said listing agent Sheila Mooney of Beasley Real Estate.

The elegant facade with its Flemish gable and tan Roman brick is enhanced by the gorgeous wood and leaded glass entry door. A roomy foyer with soaring 10-foot ceilings, a gracious staircase and deep crown molding set the tone.

“The architectural detail in this house is just absolutely exquisite,” Mooney said. “They’ve kept [the period details] as much as they could even though it has been updated.”

Details such as paneled wainscoting, deep crown molding, a ceiling medallion with an antique chandelier and a wood-burning fireplace with its original mantel give sophistication to the formal dining room. French doors lead from the dining room to a cozy terrace, one of five outdoor spaces in the home.

Large windows fill the formal living room with natural light. A wood-burning fireplace is guarded by built-in bookcases.

The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a six-burner range.

On the second level, the master suite has nine-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, a home office and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower.

The top floor has eight-foot ceilings, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a balcony with sweeping views of Rock Creek Park.

The lower level features an in-law apartment with kitchen, au pair suite and one-car garage.

Located on a quiet, tree-lined street and just a block away from a Metro stop, the eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom house is listed at $2.495 million. An open house is scheduled for Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m.

Listing: 2619 Woodley Pl. NW

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market. Previously, she wrote for the Sports section. She came to The Washington Post in 1996 from the Los Angeles Daily News. She also worked at the Cincinnati Post. She is the author of the book, “Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League.”
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