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This Week’s Find: Universal Design in Cleveland Park

by Nena Perry-Brown

This Week's Find: Universal Design in Cleveland Park: Figure 1
3419 36th Street NW

This Week’s Find is a Cleveland Park four-bedroom that was designed and constructed in 1940 by local architect Waldron Faulkner as his personal residence. In 1992, Waldron’s son Winthrop oversaw a rectangular addition to the home that included many aspects of “universal design” that proved to be critical for the owners.

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The older and newer parts of the home are configured in an L-shape, connected by a sunny, glass-enclosed corridor. A 1995 Washington Post article on the home discussed the renovations, which Winthrop made to accommodate his brother-in-law William Crawford, wheelchair-bound after an unfortunate fall.

“At the Crawfords’ Northwest Washington home…universal design translates into a modest list of practicalities,” the article stated. “Extra-wide doorways, push-down levers that require less strength than conventional doorknobs, kitchen shelves that are easier to reach than traditional cabinets, and sliding glass doors with quarter-inch thresholds, which trim tree-fourths of an inch off the standard residential threshold.”

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The centerpiece of the addition is a great room with a vaulted ceiling and loft area. An array of windows are carved out at the end of the kitchen/dining space, “a close adaptation of a barrel-vaulted doorway at the Villa Pajana, a 16th-century Palladian country house near Venice”, according to the Post article. The home will go on the market next week. See below for more details and photos.

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  • Address: 3419 36th Street NW (map)
  • Price: $3.25 million
  • Bedrooms: Four
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Listing Agents: Heidi Hatfield, Andrea Hatfield, Anne Hatfield Weir and Tammy Gale, Washington Fine Properties

Photos courtesy of HomeVisit.

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