Before they even walked in the door, Michael and Susan Harreld were captivated by this 1927 Normandy-style house in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington.

“The way it’s located,” Susan said. “It’s sort of perched up on this hill. . . . It’s just sitting there with this beautiful turret.”

The home, with its Scottish bond brickwork and heavy slate roof, was one of the first architect John J. Whelan designed after arriving in Washington in 1926. Whelan formed a partnership with Princeton classmate F. Moran “Mike” McConihe, and the two men specialized in luxurious houses and embassies and played a major role in the development of Kalorama during the 1920s. They built the Norwegian and South African embassies on Massachusetts Avenue and the home where President Obama now lives.


Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

Hickory Ridge in Howard County | Hickory Ridge “is considered today one of the truly splendid homes built by the Maryland Ridgeleys,” Celia M. Holland wrote in her 1987 book “Old Homes and Families of Howard County, Maryland.” The 67-acre horse farm in Highland, Md., is listed at $9 million. (HomeVisit)

William Payne Meredith was an early owner. An official with Saks & Co., he was active in civic life in the District and was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to serve on the National War Labor Board. His father, Elisha, represented Virginia’s 8th District in Congress during the Cleveland administration. Alexander B. Hagner, whose father founded the real estate firm Randall Hagner in 1904, also lived there.


The Harrelds — he recently led PNC Bank’s operations in greater Washington; she is an interior designer with Holt and Harreld — have owned the home since 2010. They have been renovating and restoring it since buying it.

Besides updating the heating and air conditioning system, electrical wiring and plumbing, the Harrelds redid the kitchen, adding a butler’s pantry, and updated the bathrooms, creating his-and-hers bathrooms in the master suite.

They preserved many of the home’s original features, including the arched doorways, the flooring, the plaster molding, the stairway banister, the marble fireplace surrounds and much of the door hardware, such as the pewter knobs.


“What I was trying to do with the design of the house as well as with the kitchen renovation is be very, very respectful to the original design and age of the home but make it modern to 2017,” Susan said. “In these city homes, every inch matters, and we were thoughtful about that.”


The couple also redid the hardscape, keeping the original slate and stones and putting in new mortar foundations. The patio, which is surrounded by 10-foot brick walls, offers additional entertaining space and a place for the family to gather.

“We’re out there all the time,” Susan said.

Although it is an older home, which the Harrelds have filled with English antiques, Susan says it is a very livable one.


“It looks very formal, but we raised two boys in this house. We have a dog,” Susan said. “It’s a real family house.”

Located a few houses away from where Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, live and a block over from President Obama’s new digs, the six-bedroom, six-bathroom, 5,714-square-foot house on 0.12 acres is listed at $5.55 million.

Listing agents: Theo Adamstein and Michael Rankin, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty