This Week’s Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway

by Nena Perry-Brown

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 1
111 10th Street SE

Since its construction in the late 19th century, This Week’s Find has gone through a few incarnations, each quite different from the other.

From 1877 to 1910, the Capitol Hill property on 10th Street SE functioned as a stable. Inventor Samuel Waters then housed the Water’s Organ Factory in the building, powering the factory with a novel gasoline engine that can now be seen in the Smithsonian.

A year after the factory closed in 1963, Capitol Hill developer William Richards and architects Huff and Drayton converted the structure into a home.

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 2

The current owners purchased the property nine years ago and renovated the property during that time. However, traces of the past are prevalent throughout the house, from the original brick walls and exposed wood-beamed ceiling to the catwalk balcony above the living area.

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 3
Living room

The catwalk is lined with built-in shelving and leads into a bonus loft area with a powder room. The wooden antique front and interior doors were hand-carved in Madrid, and the chandeliers along the catwalk and in the 26-foot-high living room were salvaged from Baltimore’s old Valencia Theatre.

A trapdoor in the kitchen leads to a wine cellar. There are two master suites; the first is on the ground floor and has French doors leading to the courtyard, as well as a second door leading to a changing room and a heated backyard pool.

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 4

The second master suite features a skylight and also has a set of French doors that open onto a canopied balcony. That balcony overlooks the brick-walled courtyard in front of the residence, which harkens back to its former life as a stable while now functioning as a grand space for entertaining.

More photos and details are below.

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 5
Another view of the living room

This Week's Find: From Stables to an Organ Factory to a Capitol Hill Hideaway: Figure 6
Hidden door in the kitchen

  • Full Listing: 111 10th Street SE (map)
  • Price: $2.3 million
  • Bedrooms: Two
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1877
  • Listing Agent: Sheila Hansen, Coldwell Banker

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