This Capitol Hill property wasn’t meant to be a home. Originally, when it was constructed in c. 1877, it served as a stable. This detail can still be seen by the long walkway from the front gate to the spacious courtyard. Later, an inventor named Samuel Waters used the property as an organ factory for 60 years, powering it with a gasoline engine.
In c. 1963, Capitol Hill developer William Richards and architects Huff and Drayton converted the property into a residence with the wish to make it a private club for senators and congressman. Residents in the neighborhood were against these plans, and they eventually failed.
UrbanTurf reported that the current owners purchased the residence nine years ago and renovated it, while still maintaining certain original details. These details include the exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings, and walk-around gallery. The listing was last sold in 2007 for $1 million.
Besides a unique history, some other odd details that come with this single-family home include its hand-carved front and interior doors imported from Madrid and the chandeliers in the living room that were salvaged from the Valencia Theatre in Baltimore. Some more luxurious features include a wine cellar and heated backyard pool. There are two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms across the home’s 1,940 square feet. The asking price totals $2.3 million, or $1,186 per square.
• 111 10th Street SE [Redfin]