- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Since 1911, visitors and residents of the Lincoln Park section of Capitol Hill have admired the Victorian mansion on the corner of 12th Street and East Capitol Street in Southeast, a charming brick home with bay windows, porches and garden beds overlooking the park.

For the first time in 25 years, this much-admired home is on the market. Few families have lived in this home, as each has found the high ceilings and generous rooms a comfortably elegant space for family life and entertaining and has stayed as long as possible there.

Realtor Pam Kristof of RE/MAX Allegiance says the original owner of the home at 100 12th St. SE was an architect named Bush who built several homes along the street, saving the corner lot to build his own home, where he lived for several years.

The next occupants, during the 1920s, Mrs. Kristof says, were the Fluckey family — Newton Fluckey, who worked for the government; his wife, Lucia, an artist; and their son Eugene, a naval hero during World War II who earned a Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses.

The most recent owners raised their family in the home, entertaining Boy Scout troops, soccer teams and PTA members in the warm and charming rooms.

Lincoln Park has become the neighborhood back yard, where on sunny days parents push baby strollers and local residents walk their dogs in the shade of the trees.

The mansion, now on the market for $1,995,000, presides over the park and the neighboring streets with grace.

Most of the windows have their original glass, and both the living room and master-bedroom suite above have a wide view of the park through curving bay windows. The home has elaborate moldings, high ceilings with their original tin coverings, and hardwood flooring and stairs.

At the front of the home, which faces 12th Street, a front porch has been painted to match the deep red of the brick house. A low iron fence borders the garden beds and the property on both East Capitol and 12th streets. Off-street parking is available in the driveway, from which a gate leads to the side patio.

A door also leads from a vestibule near the kitchen to this delightful flagstone patio, which has a pond in one corner and space for gardening and dining outdoors. A second porch is above part of this patio and accessed from a second-floor bedroom.

A tiled vestibule floor protects the home from the elements and offers a place for umbrellas and wet shoes on a rainy day. Just inside the vestibule is the center hall, with the living room on one side, the main stairs ahead and the formal dining room on the other side.

The living room features the bay window overlooking Lincoln Park, a large window looking onto 12th Street, a chandelier and a fireplace flanked by cabinets. This graceful room is large enough to hold a piano and a full range of furnishings.

The formal dining room includes another antique chandelier and a bay window facing 12th Street.

The original design of the home included a back hall for servants that linked the kitchen and dining area. The owners hired an architect to open this hall, which created a deep alcove off the dining room, an extra coat closet and a pantry. The alcove, which has a dramatic arch above it, can function as a bar or buffet area, a reading corner with books and a comfortable couch or chair, or a second dining area for larger parties.

Beyond the dining room is the open family room, a cozy space with three tall windows facing the street and a wood stove inserted into the fireplace, which has an elaborately detailed mantel.

Next to the family room is the kitchen, an open space that has been updated with a center island that has a butcher-block counter with tile inserts.

The open kitchen is perfect for entertaining and keeping an eye on the family at the same time.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a cheerful breakfast area with a bay window including five tall window segments overlooking the patio and pond. Near the breakfast area is a ceramic-tiled vestibule, which leads to the back door and into the patio.

The main staircase to the upper level includes wood steps and wallpaper and wainscoting along the stairwell. The original wood flooring of the main level extends to the upper two levels of the home.

The master suite at the front of the home includes a bay window offering a wide view of Lincoln Park, a fireplace flanked by closets and another window facing 12th Street. A short hall links this bedroom to a full bath with a stained-glass window.

Opposite of this bath is a second bedroom with a bay window, chair-rail moldings and a tin ceiling.

At the back of the second level is a third bedroom, which has a transom above the door, a walk-in closet and access to a private porch. Next to this room are a laundry room, an extra closet and a full bath with ceramic-tile flooring.

The top floor of the home includes three more full-size bedrooms, each with a tin ceiling and hardwood flooring. The front bedroom includes a fireplace and built-in cabinets, a walk-in closet, two large windows facing Lincoln Park, and a window seat flanked by bookcases on the 12th Street side of the room.

The second bedroom includes built-in bookcases and a walk-in closet, while the third bedroom includes another window seat. This level also has utility and storage closets and a full bath with ceramic-tile flooring. An attic crawl space overhead is also available for storage.

The lower level has a large finished recreation room; a powder room; and extensive unfinished storage space, which could be completed as living space.

It would be hard to imagine a family needing more space than these generously sized living areas and the six large bedrooms above, especially when in cooperative weather the entire spread of Lincoln Park is at the residents’ disposal.

Address: 100 12th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Community: Capitol Hill/Lincoln Park

Age: Built in 1911

Price: $1,995,000

Size: Lot of 1,773 square feet

Taxes: $4,250 in 2004

Exterior features: Brick semidetached Victorian-style home on corner lot with front porch, garden beds, off-street parking in private driveway, porch off second-level bedroom

Interior features: Six bedrooms; 31/2 baths; center entrance hall with wood stairs to upper levels; living room with bay window and fireplace; formal dining room with bay window and adjacent alcove; family room with fireplace; open kitchen with adjacent breakfast area with bay window; three bedrooms on second floor including master suite with wide view of Lincoln Park through bay window; two full baths on second floor, two more bedrooms and laundry room; finished third floor with three bedrooms including a front room with a fireplace, built-in cabinets and window seat; one full bath with ceramic-tile flooring; partially finished basement with powder room, large finished recreation room, additional storage space available

Amenities: Private flagstone patio with pond, four fireplaces, wood floors, high ceilings covered with tin, moldings, gas heat, intercom

Close by: Overlooks Lincoln Park; near Eastern Market and Potomac Avenue Metro stations; walk to Capitol Hill shops, restaurants and offices

Open house: May 15, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Realtors Pam Kristof and Kevin McDaniel of RE/MAX Allegiance, 202/588-2021

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