- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2004

Although sculptor Ray Kaskey might be better known for his monumental sculptures at the National World War II Memorial and for “Portlandia,” which has become the symbol of Portland, Ore., he should also be recognized for his smaller-scale design changes to the home at 2221 Hall Place NW.

This circa-1912 row house on a narrow one-way street lined with vintage homes, was transformed by Mr. Kaskey and his wife, Sherry, in two phases during their 30-year residence.

Now on the market for $849,000, this home includes architecturally interesting details incorporated by the Kaskeys in the 1970s that are popular in today’s new homes.

Archways and interior window openings add grace to the home while allowing for interesting sightlines and the flow of light and air from room to room.

When Mr. Kaskey begins a large-scale sculpture project, such as the “Justice Delayed” statue in front of the federal courthouse in Alexandria or the building markers at the National Building Museum, he starts with small-scale sculptures, which he uses as models.

His ability to take an artistic view on every scale and his initial forays into architecture can be seen in the Kaskey home. Art niches have been created in many rooms, along with display areas that are visible from as many angles as possible.

From the moment the front door opens into the open Kaskey foyer, exposed brick walls, airy interior windows and light filtering in from the second-level skylight can be seen.

Halogen lighting and recessed lighting have been used in most rooms. Transoms over the front and back doors bring more light into the home.

The Kaskeys chose to create an interior bay window that echoes the shape of the bay window that opens up the living room at the front of the house.

Two of the three bay-window sections open onto the hall and staircase, while the third is simply a window frame around an art niche. All the windows and doors in the home feature extensive custom millwork, and the deep baseboards are also custom made.

The entire main level features ceramic-tile flooring; the upper level has hardwood flooring.

The formal dining room includes a corner window overlooking the back yard, an interior window opening onto the main hall for a glimpse of the exposed brick wall and a carefully designed glass-front china cabinet.

The Kaskeys had a beveled glass door placed in the cabinet, along with custom-made curving glass shelves.

A powder room with a stained-glass transom has been tucked between the dining room and kitchen, along with extra shelving set into the wall.

The kitchen includes exposed brick walls, a deep box bay window over the kitchen sink, and a glass door leading to the redwood deck.

Although latticework fencing and arches may be more common in today’s back yards, the Kaskeys were the first in their neighborhood to design their yard for both functionality and beauty.

Hand-cut redwood decking provides a gracious place for entertaining friends and enjoying meals outdoors, and the arched latticework adds privacy.

The Kaskeys chose to use two layers of latticework sandwiched together to add to their privacy. Redwood stairs lead to the lower-level yard, which has elegant pebbles underfoot, garden beds, latticework fencing, a brick arched door to the rear alley, and a softly bubbling fountain and pond.

Inside, the central staircase includes a wide shelf set against an exposed-brick wall between the upper-level bedrooms. It’s perfect for displaying art or plants.

A 6-foot square skylight above the stairs adds light to much of the house through interior window openings.

The Kaskeys were inspired by the Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, formerly used as a residence, to create this interior-garden-like effect with the exposed brick walls, skylights overhead and spaces for both plants and art.

The central landing between the upper-level rooms functions as a bridge over the stairs and the main-level hallway, which has a two-story opening to allow the skylight to be visible from the main level.

The master bedroom at the front of the house has a bay window and a deep alcove with another window and an arched opening. An interior window on the opposite side of the room overlooks the art shelf and stairs.

Across the landing, the first room is a study with stained-glass interior windows, hardwood flooring and a closet.

The rear bedroom includes built-in bookcases and a glass door to a private redwood balcony. Between the study and the bedroom is a full bath with an arched ceiling over the bathtub.

The lower level has been finished and functions as a large home office with ample storage space and a built-in desk.

Address: 2221 Hall Place NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Glover Park

Age: Built in 1912

Price: $849,000

Size: 1,596-square-foot lot

Taxes: $2,780 in 2004

Exterior features: Painted brick Colonial-style row house with bay windows at front, brick steps, brick front patio, tree-lined one-way street of vintage row houses.

Interior features: Two bedrooms; one full bath; two half baths; dramatic entry hall with arched doorways, exposed brick wall, halogen lighting; ceramic-tile flooring on main level; interior window openings; large skylight above central open staircase; living room with bay window; dining room with built-in china cabinet; powder room; kitchen with exposed brick walls, glass door to redwood deck and patio; upper-level master bedroom with hardwood flooring, interior window; study with hardwood flooring and stained-glass windows; guest bedroom with hardwood flooring and glass door to private balcony; finished lower level with office space, powder room, laundry room.

Amenities: Fenced rear yard with upper-level deck off kitchen enclosed in arched gazebo, pebbled lower patio with fountain; high-efficiency furnace, central air conditioning, upgraded plumbing and electrical fixtures.

Close by: One block to restaurants and shops on Wisconsin Avenue; easy access to Georgetown and downtown Washington.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Washington Fine Properties Realtors Ellen Morrell and Patrick Chauvin at 202/243-1616 or 202/243-1621

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