Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A step back in time

Over the weekend, Mt. Pleasant opened a historic home to the public for a very special viewing of 1841 Park Rd NW. This grand, historic property was built in 1906 as a fantastic example of the Georgian Revival architecture popular at the turn of the century. Only two owners had called this place their home over the last 100 years. The second family, after relocating to Philadelphia, put this 7 bedroom, 5 full bathroom home on the market for more than $2 million, and unlike most listings at this price, held an open house on Sunday afternoon.

My husband and I have walked by this stunning home more times than I can count and longed to know the history of its owners and the property. What a treat to have a sneak peek!

Walking through the spacious gardens, I could picture 'old Washington' when the city's roads weren't paved, there was no A/C in the dreadfully humid summers and everyone knew their neighbor.

I wandered into the house's carriage houses, which were granted landmark status and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, and I pictured small children playing hide-and-go-seek with one another in all of its private nooks and crannies.

I stood out on the veranda and looked out over much of Park Road and imagined what it must have been like to welcome guests from all over the neighborhood to a glamorous Christmas Eve party.

It was a magical home, no doubt. I just hope that the next owner loves and cherishes it just as much as the first two did.

1 comment:

  1. it somewhat reminds me of the house in Pride and Prejudice... love it!