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A Georgetown home for $8.995M

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The former owners of this week’s featured home, a 1799 house in the heart of the East Village in Georgetown, are like a Who’s Who of American history.

John Laird, a wealthy tobacco warehouse owner, had the house built and lived there until 1833. His daughter and sister-in-law remained in the home until 1873. Another daughter, Barbara, inherited the house and stayed there until 1915. Her husband, James Dunlop, was a law partner of Francis Scott Key and had been the chief justice of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia until President Abraham Lincoln removed him from office for being a Southern sympathizer.

In 1915, the home was sold to Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, who served as secretary of war and as ambassador to England. His family remained in the home until 1936, when it was bought by the granddaughter of J.P. Morgan, Helen Burgess, who also was a direct descendant of Alexander Hamilton. Burgess separated the coach house from the rest of the property and added a ballroom for proper entertaining.

Arnold Sagalyn of Eliot Ness’s “Untouchables” law enforcement team and his wife bought the home in 1984 and remained there until 2004, when it was bought by the seller.

Eileen McGrath of Washington Fine Properties, who, along with Jamie Peva, is a listing agent for the property, said one of the four boundary stones that marked the borders of Georgetown when it was formed in 1751 is in the home’s back yard.

The 8,094-square-foot, three-level home has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half-baths, a ballroom/living room, a gourmet kitchen, a maple paneled library, a theater, a wine cellar, and an outdoor heated pool and cabana. It is on the market for $8.995 million.

Listing: 1248 30th St. 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.


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