- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 16, 2004

An elegant Victorian home with a brick facade, a deep bay window and a distinctive mansard roof with slate shingles and deep dormers presides over the changing neighborhood of LeDroit Park in Northwest.

Surrounded by a low wrought-iron fence with brick pillars, this historic home at 525 T St. NW was built in 1873 by architect James McGill.

The church next door has been sold and is being developed into an upscale nine-residence condominium building.

Howard University is within a few blocks of the home. Nearby U Street, one of the most popular areas of the city for new restaurants, nightclubs and condominium development, has attracted new residents into the neighborhood.

Street by street, home by home, LeDroit Park is experiencing revitalization and the restoration of architectural jewels from the Victorian era.

The McGill mansion, on the market for $2,200,000, has already become part of this renovation movement. It has been restored to its former beauty inside and outside, and the extensive rear property has been developed with two carriage houses nearly complete for rental.

The back yard also includes space for parking six cars, but zoning permits have been obtained for an additional structure, if desired.

The two carriage houses, connected along one wall, have been renovated so as to seem newly built, with slate and tin roofs. French doors across the front fill them with light.

The first has 91/2-foot ceilings, pale hardwood flooring, a living area, a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, one bedroom, a den, a full bath and two sets of French doors across the front.

The second carriage house has a similar layout, with a powder room on the main level and two bedrooms with a full bath upstairs accessible by a spiral staircase.

The main residence, which includes six bedrooms and four full baths, could be used for one family or converted to a bed-and-breakfast or even a small condominium building.

The home features both a small front porch and a covered side porch, plus a brick patio on the side and grassy areas in the front and back.

Inside, double front doors lead into the vestibule and the foyer, where the original random-width hardwood flooring has been restored to its original beauty.

At the front of the home, the formal living room includes a deep bay with the original floor-to-ceiling windows, a 10-foot ceiling with the original ceiling medallion, the original 12-inch crown moldings and 9-foot wood pocket doors. It also has a decorative fireplace (one of four in the home) with an Italian marble surround.

The adjacent formal dining room features 11-foot ceilings with the original 12-inch crown moldings and the original floor-to-ceiling windows.

A butler’s pantry links the dining room with the kitchen, which includes custom maple cabinets, granite counters, a granite breakfast bar and upgraded stainless-steel appliances. Both the kitchen and the adjacent breakfast area have track and pendant lighting and Saltillo Mexican ceramic-tile flooring.

The library features two tall windows flanking the home’s one working fireplace and has new hardwood flooring. A wide entrance connects the library with the rear sunroom, which also has Saltillo Mexican ceramic-tile flooring and a ceiling fan.

The main level of the mansion also includes a rear staircase to the upper level, a laundry room, a powder room and full bath.

The second level, accessed via a hardwood staircase, features restored hardwood flooring and some new hardwood flooring in the hall and bedrooms. This level has three bedrooms and one remodeled full bath with a claw-foot tub and a large shower.

One of the three bedrooms, the largest, functions as the master suite and includes a small sitting area with multiple windows, a walk-in closet and tall windows in the bedroom area. The sitting area could be converted to a master bath with ease because it is directly underneath the upper-level bath.

The third level features two more bedrooms with high ceilings, hardwood flooring and tall windows. The renovated full bath on this level also includes a claw-foot tub.

An in-law suite at the rear of the second floor, accessible only from an exterior entrance, features an eat-in kitchen, a full bath, a living area and a bedroom.

The future owners will become part of an exciting community in the process of rising again to its former beauty.

Address: 525 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Community: LeDroit Park

Age: Built in 1873

Price: $2,200,000

Size: About 5,300 finished square feet in main home and two carriage houses on lot of 9,960 square feet

Taxes: $2,527 in 2003

Exterior features: Victorian-style single-family home with brick facade, bay window, mansard roof with slate shingles and dormers, covered front porch, covered side porch, brick front walk.

Interior features: Six bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; double foyer entrance with vestibule and wood double front doors; restored original random-width hardwood flooring in many rooms; high ceilings; floor-to-ceiling windows; extensive original plaster and millwork; powder room and full bath on main level; formal living room; formal dining room; library; sunroom; custom-designed kitchen and breakfast area with Saltillo Mexican tile flooring, granite counters and maple cabinets; three bedrooms and one bath on second floor; two bedrooms and one bath on third floor.

Amenities: Two carriage houses available for rental; parking pad for six cars or additional building space; in-law suite with separate entrance, eat-in kitchen, full bath, living room and bedroom; a security system; five ceiling fans; four decorative fireplaces, one working fireplace.

Close by: Two blocks to Metro and U Street restaurants and shops; close to Georgia Avenue and Howard University.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtor Willie Parker of the Pair, Parker and Stockton Team of Tutt, Taylor and Rankin Real Estate at 202/939-1229.

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