- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2003

When local builder John Goszler designed and built the brick home at 1307 35th St. NW in 1794, George Town was a thriving port city and Washington did not yet to exist.

A few years before the home was built, in 1791, George Washington had gathered with a group of commissioners to work on the historic agreement that eventually would include George Town as part of the future federal city. The home is among the oldest standing houses in today’s Georgetown.

Goszler built many of George Town’s original homes for local merchants, but he lived in this home himself from 1794 to 1798. The owners who kept the residence the longest, from 1888 until 1962, were successive generations of the Manogue family.

Perhaps as important or more so than these early owners of this Georgetown treasure is John Baker, a renovator of historic homes who has his office on the corner of 35th and N streets, one block from this house. Mr. Baker has renovated the Goszler-Manogue home several times, which has helped unite each renovation or remodeling project in a continuous pattern in keeping with the historic value of the building.

The owners of the Goszler-Manogue residence have placed the property on the market for $1,171,307. The house has been a favorite on Georgetown’s spring house tour for years because of its authentic historic ambience as well as the home’s secret treasure: an extra-deep, walled, hourglass-shaped garden.

Century-old trees provide deep shade for the garden, which is home to dogwoods, cherry trees, birch trees and crab apples. Lighting has been placed in the trees for evening ambience, and the garden includes a hidden storage shed with electricity that can be converted to a playhouse or even a private writing room.

The Goszler-Manogue home features a low-maintenance brick patio with perennial plantings and a white picket fence in the front of the property. Adjacent to the home is a large black-painted double gate, which hides off-street parking for two cars.

The painted white-brick facade of the house features the traditional Federal style with a transom window over the front door, five double-hung windows and black shutters surrounding each window. In addition to the front patio and the rear garden, outdoor spaces include a brick rear terrace for dining and a charming main-level porch overlooking the garden, with latticework providing shade and privacy. The garden has been enhanced with a large hot tub that will convey to the new owners.

Inside, the foyer features a marble floor with the original balustrade and a view through a glass door to the porch. Throughout the home, detailed crown moldings and trim have been carefully maintained or added to the rooms, and recessed lighting has been placed in nearly every room. Five working fireplaces with original mantels maintain the 18th-century atmosphere.

The formal living room features original hardwood flooring, a fireplace with a mantel and two double-hung windows. Built-in arched bookcases and cabinets frame the fireplace.

Beyond the living room lies the library, which has original hardwood flooring, built-in bookcases, a marble wet bar, wood moldings and wood cabinets. A side door leads from this room to the porch, which has a ceiling fan.

The second level of the home features a distinctive split staircase with a recessed niche for books or artwork on the landing. One set of stairs leads into the master suite, which includes a dressing room with mirrored closets, a built-in vanity, additional closets and a door to the bedroom. All the closets in the master suite and other rooms have been enhanced with built-in drawers and cubbyholes for shoes and sweaters, along with multiple-height closet rods. The master bedroom has a fireplace with a wood mantel and a step-down to the private full bath. The bath includes a skylight and a glass-enclosed shower.

French doors lead to a second bedroom with its own working fireplace, lovely garden views and an adjoining full bath. All the baths in the home have been renovated in recent years and are in pristine condition. The upper level also provides access to the floored attic, which has extensive additional storage.

The lower level of the Goszler-Manogue house, kept in the traditional configuration of homes in this period, features the dining room and the kitchen. The dining room, a charming room overlooking the garden, features a brick floor, detailed crown moldings and built-in wood cabinets for storing linens and flatware. The fireplace at one end of the room includes a wood mantel plus window seats on either side that offer a cozy space for guests to contemplate the garden. A French door opens onto the brick terrace for dining al fresco.

The sleek kitchen has been renovated to modern tastes, with plenty of white cabinets and storage, a built-in microwave, a double wall oven, a four-burner stove and a dishwasher. An unexpected pleasure is the deep walk-in wine closet or pantry hidden behind a cabinet door.

One corner of the kitchen features a built-in desk with bookcases and drawers that serves as an efficient home office. On the opposite side of this alcove is a cushioned built-in banquette. A long, narrow table placed in front of this banquette could create a charming casual dining space and also function as a food-preparation or work surface.

A laundry room at one end of the kitchen includes storage space as well as an arched brick wall that once held the original cooking fireplace for the house.

The lower level also includes a bedroom with built-in bookcases and a window overlooking the brick terrace. The full bath on this level has been designed for full handicapped accessibility with a walk-in shower with a floor drain and wall handles.

With its blend of modern-day amenities and traditional charms, the Goszler-Manogue home offers a uniquely Georgetown lifestyle.

More info:

Address: The Goszler-Manogue House, 1307 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Built in 1794

Price: $1,171,307

Size: About 1,950 finished square feet on lot size of 4,299 square feet

Taxes: $8,258 in 2003

Exterior features: Restored white-brick Federal-style with metal roof; century-old shade trees and immaculate low-maintenance landscaping with dogwood, birch and cherry trees; brick front terrace with white picket fence; gated off-street parking for two cars.

Interior features: Three bedrooms; three full baths; marble foyer with original balustrade; living room with original hardwood flooring and fireplace; library with fireplace; master suite with dressing room, including built-in vanity, multiple closets, private full bath; second bedroom and bath on upper level; lower-level dining room with fireplace, window seats, crown moldings, eat-in kitchen with pantry, third bedroom or home office, full bath, laundry room; floored attic storage.

Amenities: Hourglass-shaped deep garden with hidden storage shed with electricity, hot tub in rear yard, brick terrace for dining, main-level porch with latticework overlooking garden, five working fireplaces.

Close by: Steps to Georgetown University, shops and restaurants of Georgetown and the C&O; Canal; minutes to the Kennedy Center, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and downtown Washington.

Open house: Sunday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtor Elizabeth Russell with Long & Foster Realtors at 202/966-2598

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