The 36,470-square-foot, four-story white-marble-and-brick mansion was designed by architect Stanford White for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, and his wife, Nellie, daughter of Joseph Medill, the Tribune’s owner. The home passed to their daughter, Cissy Patterson, the first American woman to lead a major daily newspaper and one of Washington’s social doyennes.
Cissy lent the home to President Calvin Coolidge and first lady Grace Coolidge in 1927, when the White House underwent renovations. During this time, the Coolidges hosted Charles Lindbergh following his memorable transatlantic flight.
After her death in 1948, Patterson bequeathed the property to the American Red Cross, which sold it to the Washington Club in 1951. The mansion was designated a D.C. historic site in 1964 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
In addition to a banquet hall, a ballroom and an auditorium with a stage, the building features fireplaces with antique limestone, cast-iron banisters, a white marble fountain on the central landing, crystal chandeliers and tiger-oak flooring in the upper foyer.
Jonathan Taylor, a TTR Sotheby’s International Realty managing partner, says the property is ideal for an embassy, foundation or association headquarters, or a social club.
It is listed at $26 million. More information about the mansion can be found at www.ThePattersonMansion.com.
Abe Pollin-inspired community unveiled
One of the dreams of the late Abe Pollin was to provide affordable housing for moderate-income District residents who work for the city. Now the efforts of the builder, philanthropist and sports-and-entertainment impresario best known for developing the Verizon Center are coming to fruition.
D.C. officials this week announced the opening of MetroTowns at Parkside, a development by Enterprise Homes of 83 townhouses and 43 rental homes at 3614 Grant Place NE near the Minnesota Avenue Metro stop.
“Abe and Irene Pollin wanted to build a true workforce community for people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to live in the city,” says Corey Powell, senior development manager for Enterprise Homes. “We’ve [received] a lot of interest from D.C. employees like police officers, teachers and firefighters, along with employees of some large institutions, such as Howard University and Gallaudet [University]. We take a lot of pride in the fact that these are high-quality, brand-new homes with an affordable price.”
Phase I of MetroTowns is sold out. Homes are available for sale in Phase II of the development now.
The three-level brick or fiber-cement-front town homes have from 1,288 to 1,570 square feet and are base priced from $259,900 to $289,900. Each home has a front porch or stoop, three bedrooms, two or three full baths, one half-bath and a garage or designated off-street parking space. The houses have such luxury features as hardwood floors, granite countertops, nine-foot-high ceilings on the main level, walk-in closets, Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.