Condo units in the former Holton-Arms girls school in Dupont are priced from $895,000 to $1.2 million. (Lindsey Hobson/SHOOT AND SHOWCASE)

While the prestigious Holton-Arms independent school for girls occupies a prominent spot on River Road in Bethesda, Md., the institution got its start in 1901 when the founders borrowed the house at 2025 Hillyer Pl. NW in the District’s Dupont Circle to provide music and French lessons to young ladies.

The school outgrew its space by 1906 and the house was returned to residential use until 1987, when art dealer Jane Haslem renovated the property and converted two levels to use as a semiprivate art gallery to showcase the work of contemporary artists.

Today, the residence has been transformed again into four upscale condo units, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In a nod to the building’s cultural ties to the neighborhood, each unit includes a one-year membership to the Phillips Collection art museum.

The cream-colored limestone facade of the building has been preserved, along with a wood-burning fireplace in each unit and whitewashed exposed brick walls. Two of the units have restored original wood flooring and the other two have new white oak wide plank flooring. The interior of each unit includes an open floor plan with high ceilings, marble counters and custom-built cabinets in the kitchens, which have stainless-steel gas appliances, and marble bathrooms. The penthouse unit, which has already been sold, has a roof terrace.

The units range from 1,120 to 1,270 square feet. All owners also have access to a ground-level storage room. Unit 1 on the lower level, named the Gallery, is priced at $895,000. Unit 2, the first-floor unit, named the Holton, is priced at $1.150 million. The third-level unit, named the Phillips, is priced at $1.2 million. These three units each have a deep bay window alcove in the open living and dining area.

For more information, contact Jennifer Smira of Compass at 202-340-7675 or visit

To pass on a tip or item, contact us at and put “Town Square” in the subject line.