With neighbors like President Barack Obama and Ivanka Trump, the next big name to arrive to Kalorama is Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner. The Washington Post was the first to report that Bezos is the owner of the former Textile Museum, located at 2320-2330 S Street NW.
Bezos plans to convert the property into a residence, giving it the possibility to become the largest home in D.C., according to The Washington Post. Construction is expected to begin this year and will take 14 months to complete.
The Washington Post further reported, “The home is expected to be an East-coast pied a terre for the family — allowing him to avoid hotel bills — but the ample square footage means there’s plenty of room for entertaining.”
Eventually, Barnes Vanze Architects will renovate the exterior of the property as well as the roofs, driveways, terrace, and pergolas. A geothermal system will also be installed along with a limestone-and-glass garden room for the rear terrace of 2330 S Street. The carriage house will also be restored as a groundskeeper’s residence, as reported by UrbanTurf.
Waddy B. Wood and partners constructed the 16,000-square-foot structure at 2330 S Street NW in 1908. John Russell Pope, the same architect behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, designed the roughly 13,000-square-foot building at 2320 S Street NW as well as a nearby carriage house.
In 1915, the two properties were joined. This was so that the Myers family, who constructed the latter structure, could display and store their textile collection, as reported by UrbanTurf. The properties were later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The former Textile Museum relocated to George Washington University in 2015.
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