- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2005

Historic homes can be found on almost every corner of Georgetown, but few of these historic residences can rival the land and buildings of Evermay on the corner of 28th and Q streets NW.

Known as Evermay since the land was first purchased in 1792 by Samuel Davidson, this estate has been home to prominent Washingtonians and a landmark for its gardens and residences.

Davidson, a businessman and maritime merchant, owned more than 150 acres of land in Washington, some of which eventually became occupied by the White House, the Treasury, the Old Executive Office Building and Lafayette Park. Davidson planned his home, which he named Evermay, with the help of Nicholas King, a surveyor and architect who was instrumental in retaining Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the city of Washington.

By 1800, Davidson had purchased land adjacent to his original portion, expanding the Evermay estate to 13 acres.

The grounds and gardens of the estate were planned by King with Theodore Holt, a horticulturist, with 6 to 8 acres of the property covered with fruit and ornamental trees, flowers and hedges.

Today, the estate includes three separate single-family homes, on the market for $3,695,000, $4,395,000 and $4,750,000, respectively.

Over the generations, a variety of owners have made changes to the estate, including F. Lammot Belin, a diplomat who owned the property in the 1920s and was among those who led the Colonial revival movement in Georgetown.

Belin’s descendant, Navy Capt. Peter Belin, was a leader in Georgetown historic preservation activities that resulted in the designation of the neighborhood as a National Historic District.

The home at 1601 28th St. NW was built on the grounds of Evermay around 1880 and provides an imposing brick presence on the corner of 28th and Q streets. Now on the market for $3,695,000, this home is on one of Washington’s quietest streets, with tall trees overhead and elegant homes at every turn.

Within walking distance are the shops and restaurants of Georgetown, Rose Park for tennis, basketball and playground equipment and access to Rock Creek Park. The Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle Metro stations are within walking distance.

The house offers an impressive exterior of three stories of brick with black shutters, designed in the Italianate/Second Empire Victorian style, with mature plants and trees and a brick path that winds around the home to the fully fenced rear yard.

The yard includes a lawn area as well as a flagstone terrace. A semi-circular path leads to the front steps.

Inside, many of the original windows are still in place along with hardwood flooring and elaborate millwork including ornate moldings and trim. A vestibule just inside the imposing front door opens onto a longer entry hall with a curving wood staircase with wood spindles and detailing.

Throughout the main and upper levels are high ceilings and tall windows.

To the right of the entry hall is the double-sized living room, clearly designed for entertaining on a grand scale. The living room has multiple windows at the front and side of the room, with a bay window adjacent to the fireplace. Built-in bookcases and an elaborate mantel add charm to the room.

Beyond the living room is a study with built-in bookshelves and a glass door that leads to the flagstone rear terrace.

The main level also includes a formal dining room with double crown moldings, a built-in corner china cabinet and a fireplace. A swinging door links the dining room with the kitchen, which has a high ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking 28th Street, and a glass door to the brick path leading to the back yard.

The home is being sold “as-is,” with a kitchen that could be updated. The current appliances include a dishwasher, refrigerator and gas range. The main level also includes a powder room and large coat closet.

The curving hardwood staircase leads to the second level, which has a large landing with a skylight, hardwood flooring, a linen closet and a pull-down attic door. The master bedroom suite features high ceilings, a fireplace and three tall windows. Adjacent to it is a dressing area with a deep bay window, three closets with built-ins and a full bath.

The second and third bedrooms share a connecting bath, and each has high ceilings, hardwood flooring and a closet. The third bedroom has a cedar closet.

The fourth bedroom overlooks the garden and includes a large closet and a private full bath.

The lower level is unfinished and provides extensive storage space and an open area with brick walls. This level has a full bath and a laundry area with a door to the rear terrace.

Buyers interested in owning a landmark Georgetown property may view all three of the homes that now occupy the original Evermay estate.

Address: 1601 28th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Community: Georgetown

Age: Built circa 1880

Price: $3,695,000

Size: Lot of about 6,000 square feet

Taxes: $16,718 in 2004

Homeowner’s association fee: None

Exterior features: Three-story brick Italianate/Second Empire Victorian detached single-family home; rear garden with flagstone terrace; fully fenced rear yard.

Interior features: Four bedrooms; four full baths; one half bath; semi-circular flagstone walkway to front steps; vestibule leading to entry hall; formal living room with built-in bookcases; study; formal dining room; kitchen with swing door and side door to brick path; master bedroom suite with fireplace, private bath with dressing area; second and third bedroom share connecting bath; fourth bedroom with private bath; unfinished lower level with brick walls, full bath and laundry area.

Amenities: Three fireplaces; high ceilings; hardwood flooring; elaborately detailed wood trim and moldings.

Close by: Walk to shops and restaurants of Georgetown, Rose Park, Metro at Foggy Bottom or Dupont Circle

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Realtors William F.X. Moody at 202/243-1620 or Robert Hryniewicki at 202/243-1622 of Washington Fine Properties LLC.



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