This Week’s Find: A DC Row House With Ties to the Capitol and the Willard

by Shilpi Paul

Mosaic Tile Floor

DC homes have their fair share of interesting history, but a house that recently hit the market in Capitol Hill has two historical ties to the city that make it worthy of This Week’s Find.

The first intriguing nugget is that one of the early owners came over from Italy in the early 20th century to help create the mosaic artwork at The Capitol. The striking mosaic tile on the home’s dining room and entryway floor are courtesy of this individual.

Doors from the Willard Hotel

Second, according to lore, many of the home’s stately doors are from The Willard, DC’s historic downtown hotel; a previous owner apparently scored them from a connection when the hotel was undergoing a renovation. Current owner Leslie Wile, who has been in the home since 2003, told UrbanTurf that the heavy, dark-wood doors receive a lot of admiration from guests. “My friend who is an architect goes wild every time she comes over and sees them,” she said.

Upstairs Living Area

Several years ago, a reconfiguration of the upstairs layout turned the three-bedroom home into a two-bedroom with additional living space. Other noteworthy aspects of the house include two working wood-burning fireplaces in the living and dining rooms, a 20-foot long dining room that connects with the kitchen (an aspect appreciated by Wile, a former New York City chef), and a deck and bluestone patio in the back. We also liked the triangular window in the living room that reveals the staircase.

More details and photos below.

  • Full Listing: 317 G Street NE (map)
  • Price: $619,000
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: Two
  • Year Built: 1890
  • Listing Agent: Catherine Czuba, McEnearney Associates

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  1. anon said at 8:52 am on Friday October 21, 2011:

    I love Capitol Hill homes for these very reasons-they are interesting and have so much history. So many Capitol Hill properties have been reconfigured over the years so walking in is such a surprise. I guess I am partial since I great up there, but it’s more refreshing than walking into, say, a center hall colonial.

  1. another anon said at 9:10 am on Friday October 21, 2011:

    This is beautiful—I love the fact that the interior hasn’t been stripped of its 19th century details, and yet it has a light, airy feel. Simple, yet cozy.

  1. jag said at 12:46 pm on Friday October 21, 2011:

    Didn’t notice the doors from the Willard, but certainly noticed the $15 fans from Home Depot.

  1. John said at 2:15 pm on Friday October 21, 2011:

    Are there any free resources out there to research the histories of homes in DC/Capitol Hill.  I think my house dates from 1879, but I don’t know how to find out its true story.  thanks.

  1. Nizam Khan said at 3:38 am on Wednesday December 21, 2011:

    I would agree with anon that the overall ambiance is simple but still elegant retaining the 19th century looks.

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