The carriage house at 1809 20th Street NW
UrbanTurf first featured this carriage house in April 2010 as part of our Unique Spaces series. Built in 1890 as the carriage house to a mansion in Dupont Circle, the mansion was gone by the 1980s and the carriage house was an abandoned shell.
Political consultant Bill Keyserling endeavored to renovate the building into a loft-like space, initially used as a campaign office and call center for then-presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. The building then functioned as a two-bedroom plus den residence after the election.
Keyserling sold the home several years ago and it was rented and perhaps sold again before Jodie and David Slaughter purchased it and made some practical and cosmetic renovations. The kitchen was updated with granite, travertine heated floors, and new cabinet faces and appliances. The bathrooms also got a makeover.
The large upper level landing, which likely served as a hay loft above horse stalls in the building’s former life, now houses a custom walk-in closet and laundry area.
The open main floor of the home with cathedral ceilings and the adjoining outdoor brick terrace and deck space have served as good entertaining space for parties of upwards of 80 people.
“The best thing about the Carriage House is the way it takes visitors by surprise,” the Slaughters shared. “It looks cute and quaint from the outside but once inside, they’re delighted by the sheer space, the soaring ceilings, wooden beams and exposed brick.”
Other interior features include custom built-in shelving in the living room, a skylit den and wood-planked ceilings. A lounge area separates the two upstairs bedrooms. French doors in the second bedroom open onto an upper-level patio. The house also has its own garage and storage shed. The carriage house will go on the market tomorrow. More details and photos are below.
- Address: 1809 20th Street NW, Carriage House (map)
- Price: $1,450,000
- Bedrooms: Two
- Bathrooms: 2.5
- Square Footage: 2,400
- Listing Agent: Katrina Schymik Abjornson, Compass
Photos courtesy of HomeVisit.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/from_dukakis_campaign_office_to_dupont_circle_carriage_house/12608.
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