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Modern, multi-million dollar Wesley Heights home may get razed

This $3.5 million home has housed multiple Washington, D.C., insiders, from a journalist to a member of the President’s Cabinet

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In Wesley Heights, there are plans to demolish a three-story stone and stucco single-family home that was constructed in 1941 by Alfred Kastner, a theorist who applied modernist principles to public housing.

While built by Kastner, the home’s first owner was Raymond Clapper, a journalist who reported on World War II and traveled with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, according to the D.C. Preservation League.

The most recent owner is Carla A. Hills, President Gerald Ford's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and current co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Located at 3125 Chain Bridge Road NW, the property features a tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, and three-car garage. Inside, there is an office, a laundry room, and a wine cellar. The seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom property last sold in September 11, 2017 for $3.5 million, according to Redfin.

The Raze Permit Report that was filed does not indicate what the owner plans to do with the property once it’s razed, but the D.C. Preservation League presumes that the owner may intend to subdivide the land in order to build multiple single-family homes.

Raze Permit Report [Office of Planning]