A fusion of Renaissance classicism, Romanesque Revival and Beaux-Arts – the house has everything she and her husband were looking for: fireplace, garage, just the right number of rooms and bathrooms. Its internal and external historical features are preserved. The facade is of pressed Roman brick and brownstone, and is decorated with Palladian windows and cast iron balconies.
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“I’m an architectural historian,” Hannold said. “My husband also loves historic buildings. … All the period details are still intact, and of course the spaciousness, which means a lot to my husband, but not so much to me. He’s a big guy.”
The house is not just historical details, it has history. It is associated with two prominent Capitol Hill families, the Deatons and the Carreys. Famed architect Clement A. Deaton and his son George designed the house for George and his wife Mary, the daughter of Clement’s good friend Albert Carley.
Clement or Didden California was born in Germany and trained as an architect there. He is the sixth generation in the family to become architects. He worked in construction in England and South Africa, eventually coming to the United States. He worked in New York and Philadelphia before landing in Washington in 1872. In 1902, he established his own company with his son George.
CA designed several townhouses, but perhaps the most impressive is the apartment building known as Porter Flats, which no longer exists. When constructed in 1902, it was the largest apartment building in Washington.
Didon also designed a country estate for Kelly in 1887. Kelly was a well-known Washington brewer, real estate investor, banker and philanthropist. He founded the National Capital Bank. Carey’s grandson, George A. Didden Jr., served as president of the bank for 52 years.
Carry hired CA to design several bars for National Capital Brewing Co. and some buildings on Capitol Hill. The house was built next to Kelly’s house on Capitol Hill.
The house was turned into a boarding house after the Deatons moved out of Capitol Hill. In 1964, St. Mark’s was acquired by the Episcopal Church to serve as rectory and restored by C. Dudley Brown, an interior designer specializing in historic properties. Hannold and her husband Doug Delano bought the house in 1998.
Hannold and Delano have made some updates since moving in – installed a new copper roof, added central air conditioning, relocated the bricks, restored the brownstone, renovated the kitchen and master bathrooms – but they didn’t change the character of the house.
“I think Diden, who built it, could walk in there and become completely familiar with it,” Hannold said. “We really felt a sense of management.”
Hannold said one of the best things about living in the house was being connected to the previous owners. Shortly after moving in, Albert Didden, George and Mary’s youngest child (born just after the house was completed) got in touch.
“He had been planning to come, but couldn’t come because of health reasons,” Hannold said. “He told me a lot of great stories like the doctor came and took out all the kids’ tonsils in the kitchen. Just about being in the kitchen. Great story of roaming and playing nearby, who lives in various houses on our street.”
Jim Adams, principal of St. Marks from 1966 to 1996, and his wife visited with interior designer Brown.
“It was great to meet the Adams family, they love that house and I’m sure they have three daughters … they grew up there,” Hannold said.
The house was featured twice on the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Home Tour and was featured in Kevin Murphy’s book, “America’s Townhouses.”
“It’s really cool looking,” Hannold said. “People always stop us and tell us how much they love the house when we’re in the front.”
The five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 5,100-square-foot home is listed for $2.6 million.
139 12th St. SE, Washington, DC
- bedroom/bathroom: 5/5
- about square feet: 5,100
- batch: 0.08 acres
- feature: The 1911 semi-detached house features pressed Roman brick and brownstone façades, palladium-coloured windows and cast-iron balconies. The house has two sets of stairs, a wood burning fireplace and a decorative fireplace, original millwork, beamed windows and two skylights. The main floor has a living room, living room, dining room, kitchen and office. The lower level houses a family room, an office and a studio. Separate garage for two cars.
- Listing Agent: Betsy Rutkowski, Long & Foster Real Estate