The two historic homes in Kalorama that housed the Textile Museum for 90 years have been sold for $19 million to a private individual, the museum and the George Washington University Museum announced Friday.
The S Street NW buildings housed the Textile Museum until 2013, when it closed to prepare for its move to the university’s Foggy Bottom campus, where it reopened in March as the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Proceeds from the sale to the unidentified buyer will go to the Textile Museum endowment at GWU to provide continuing support for its operations and programs.
In 1912, Textile Museum founder George Hewitt Myers commissioned noted architect John Russell Pope, who also designed the National Gallery of Art and the Jefferson Memorial, to build a house on S Street. It was completed in 1915 and served as the family home.
In 1925, Myers bought the adjacent residence, designed by Waddy Butler Wood, and moved much of his growing collection there. After his death in 1957, the family home was gradually converted to office and storage space for the museum.
Both properties are part of the National Register of Historic Places.
Bruce P. Baganz, president of the Textile Museum Board of Trustees, said Myers would be pleased that the museum’s future had been secured.
“Long before his death, George Hewitt Myers was acutely aware that the museum’s collection had outgrown the space provided and was thinking of moving from S Street as a way to enhance the financial resources of the museum,” Baganz said in a statement.
The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum opened March 21 in a new facility at 701 21st St. NW that houses both the Textile Museum’s internationally renowned collection and pieces owned by the university, including the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection.