This Extraordinary Historic Detached Mansion is located in Dupont/Logan Circle areas in the Middle of the City. Approximately 5000+ SF, The former Rectory of St. Augustine's Church and the original site of a Civil War Hospital is one of the few remaining large downtown estates that have not been converted to condominiums! It is located directly across the street from the World-renowned Masonic Temple with spectacular views of the rear gardens and its magnificent Pillars lit at night. A wonderful tour is offered weekdays!! The Old Mansard Bishops house and Convent buildings next door still retain the architecture of the period, and are quite beautiful. It is a very short distance to the White House, just one block to 16th Street the "Avenue of the Presidents", and a stroll to the downtown Business District and Major Monuments. And for those looking for DC'S newest and hottest restaurants and clubs, the Rectory is just a couple of blocks away to the must-go and trendy 14th Street corridor.
Being a detached structure this home offers sun filled rooms and quiet visits with new high end thermo-pane windows through-out. This home has been decorated with attention to the buildings beginnings, a crosscut travertine floor has been laid and the original plaster wainscoting has been hand painted by a local artist to match all the way to the third floor. The first floor is spacious and covered in original woodwork of chestnut wainscoting and old world pine. Please notice in our sites photo's of the original great doors to the dining room and den. The original closets throughout the home were constructed of cedar wood to preserve the woolen frocks of the monks and dignitaries. The original stained glass in the hallways leading up through the home still retain some of the original stained glass with the the letter "A" for the church she was built for, St. Augustin! The original church is still standing just up the street, and worth a tour of her magnificent stained glass and architecture!
The kitchen has a sun filled breakfast area, again with lots of windows. Also Commercial grade appliances, lots of cooking utensils and serving platters, and the cupboards are full of glassware, dishes, and utensils.
The family room is in the rear of the home with double French doors to the rear trumpet vine covered patio for grilling. This room boasts wooden cross-beamed ceilings, yet more wood wainscoting and moldings, and a working fireplace. Please feel free to use the large flat screen TV while lounging on the comfortable leather sofa's…very comfy room!!
The main living room is a bit more formal with rich curtains at the bay window, comfortable yet elegant seating and a wonderful area to gather for cocktails! Just across the hall find the den with a pull out leather sofa and antique writing desk. The dining room may be extended into this room by opening the massive wooden by-fold doors. An additional table is available. Lest we forget, there is a full bath/powder room on this floor and plenty of coat closet space!
Upstairs, on the second floor you will find a flower balcony looking to the Mason's temple. We have often seen the presidential entourage from this spot and wave accordingly? The enormous master bedroom is en suite with a separate shower and large soaking tub. The two additional bedrooms share a private hall with a full bath and two large cedar closets.
Follow the wainscoting to the third floor and find five more bedrooms. Each with its own solid chestnut and pine door. Two of the rooms share a hall and would be perfect as a suite or two bedroom private area. The third bedroom is en-suite as well as the fourth. The fifth bedroom is quite spacious and has access to the fourth bath through a separate door. Lots of light in all of these rooms and some have spectacular views of the city including the Washington monument!
The private roof-deck is spectacular. Views 360. The original Rectory Cross is still standing and the perfect spot for watching the sunset behind the Masonic Temple. Look to your left through the pergola, and see a beautiful and perfect shot of the Washington monument!!! Lots of roof top planters with mature trees and flowers, depending on time of year…The fourth level is by appointment only, and must be approved for use by the owner. No children allowed on roof deck. Please be advised that this home is child friendly but not child proof. We are also in a quiet neighborhood setting and cannot allow any parties or loud music. None outside. Although we love pets, they are not allowed on the property. The completely separate basement unit is not included in rental and these tenants have access to rear yard for trash and emergencies only.TripAdvisor property ID 2091204...Read more
Historic Mansion DuPont/Logan Middle of the City! Washington DC, District of Columbia
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This property is just right in the middle of the city just a number of blocks from the White House and all of our Nations Capital museums!!! Rock creek park. The new 14th street corridor is just around the corner and offers any and all kinds of dining and entertainment!!!!
Left on 10/11/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 11, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
We rented this home for a family getaway in DC.
We were all pleased with the location. It is a long walk or short drive to attractions. Upon entering the home it appeared very nice but as we progressed, we were quite disappointed. First of all there were several stains in every dining room chair. It was quite disgusting but I eventually got over this. The home also had a musty smell I suspect from the old carpet in the home. The bedspreads were ok but dated. The bathrooms , with the exception of the master, were dated and in need of repair. Not to mention the stains that were on bath rugs. I have included pictures to accompany this review. There is also silverfish insects that were somewhat of a problem during the stay. I saw several in the master bath and once on the bedding. Makes for a very uncomfortable and creepy night.
The last few issues are the freezer did not keep temperature (too warm), there is one very tight parking space, and lastly there is only one television for the entire home. Now we did make the best of our vacation but if given a choice (especially for the asking price per night) I would recommend choosing another more up to date rental. By the way the view from the roof was awsome, but again surroundings are very dated and not well kept.
Make sure U bring your own bath toiletries (including tissue) as none is provided. What the last rental group left is what you have to work with...
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