As those of us who live and work here know, Washington, D.C. is an amalgam of old and new. If you don’t believe me, just watch the glass-studded, urban community known as CityCenterDC rise amid buildings such as the National Portrait Gallery, constructed between 1836 and 1868, and the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, dating from 1903.
Old World Charm
According to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), there are 28 residential homes in D.C. built in the 18th century, with the earliest date being 1754. If you add to that all the homes built in the 1800s, then that number jumps above 3,000. Factor in the late Victorian era when new construction blossomed and you have thousands more that are considered antique.
As you might expect, 19 of the oldest homes are located in Georgetown, with four more in Capitol Hill and the remaining five in various parts of the northwest quadrant. With predominantly Federal architecture, tall windows, high ceilings, heart pine floors, turned bannisters, pocket doors and intricate plaster moldings, these handsome relics and their younger sisters from the early 20th century capture the hearts of preservationists, history buffs and lovers of all things ornate.
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