This Week’s Find: The Dupont Circle Rectory

by Mark Wellborn

1735 19th Street NW

From the early 1890s until 1970, the St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Dupont Circle sat near the corner of 18th and Church Street NW. However, in 1970, a fire burned most of the church to the ground. After the fire, the parish retreated to the remaining section of the building located adjacent to what is now a park, and it has operated there ever since.

Living Room

Now, in a push to rebuild the church to its former glory, the vestry is selling the row house that has served as its rectory for 40 years.

1735 19th Street NW is a six-bedroom townhouse with a ground-floor one-bedroom apartment located just south of S Street. Up until three years ago, the rector and her husband lived in the main section of the house, and the church’s music director lived in the apartment. However, the rector has since bought a home of her own, and the upper levels of the house have become home to renters, while the music director still lives on the ground floor.


Aside from its sheer size, the outdoor space and the fact that it comes with off-street parking, the house stands out because it is quite a good bargain. Nowhere in Dupont would one be able to find a home this large and in such good condition at this price. The listing agents told UrbanTurf that the church hopes that the property sells quickly, so that they no longer have to be landlords, and can move forward with plans to rebuild the church.


More details below.

  • Full Listing: 1735 19th Street NW (map)
  • Price: $1.299 million
  • Bedrooms: Seven
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Square Footage: 3,900
  • Listing Agent: Mark Meyerdirk, Urban Brokers

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/this_weeks_find_the_dupont_circle_church_rectory/4154


  1. beth said at 8:54 am on Thursday September 15, 2011:

    I know people say this all the time on here, but I walk by this building every day and never knew it had such an interesting story. Thanks!

  1. Thomas said at 12:53 pm on Thursday September 15, 2011:

    Sad to see this property being sold, especially when the funds will be directed to building…or attempting to build a new sanctuary….one of the ugliest architectural monstrosities ever in the place of the beautiful garden/park that exists today

  1. Lindsay said at 3:45 pm on Wednesday September 21, 2011:

    They failed to mention the serious rat infestation problem in the building.

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