In Georgetown, at 3324 Dent Place NW, there was once a home owned by Yarrow Mamout, a local celebrity who became famous in 1819 after Charles Wilson Peale, who painted presidential portraits, painted his portrait.
Mamout, whose portrait currently hangs in the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Public Library, was a former Muslim slave who was taken from Africa in 1752 who eventually gained his freedom and became a homeowner in the neighborhood. According to WAMU, he had a reputation for having an “industrious, moral, and honest nature.” [UPDATE: The portrait of Mamout that was located in the Peabody Room was painted in 1822 by Georgetown resident James Alexander Simpson. It is currently on loan to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and will return to the Peabody Room in July 2019.]
In July 2015, the site where Mamout’s home once stood made headlines as an archaeological dig searched for his remains. Those who searched only found items that included a metal cuff link engraved with a tiny crown, pottery shards, amber glass medicine bottle, and animal bones.
Two years earlier, there was a 19th-century house that occupied the lot, but it was razed after being vacant for several years. In 2011, a tree also crashed into the dilapidated house during Hurricane Irene, crushing its second floor, as reported by the Georgetowner.
Now, a brand new, multi-million dollar townhome can be found on the land, built by JC Developers with interiors designed by Spaced Out's Taylor Deering and exteriors from landscape architect Goffin Gardens. With five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, this red brick abode looks fairly average from the front, blending into the community well, but on the inside it’s all modern.
There are high ceilings, recessed lighting, and wide plank hardwood flooring throughout the listing. In the main floor, there is an open floor plan with a kitchen that offers stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash, and an island with bar seating and a built-in sink. The countertops are all marble.
In the lower level, there is a recreation room, laundry room, and an extra bedroom and bathroom, making the area suitable for an in-law suite if needed. According to the listing, there is also a built-in speaker system inside as well as a private garden outside.
The total price for the newly built townhome is $3,595,000. The listing agents are Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy of Washington Fine Properties.
• 3324 Dent Place NW [Washington Fine Properties]
• Dent Place’s Derelict House Razed [The Georgetowner]