May 5, 2017

Preservation Personals: Revolutionary Colonial Seeks Esteemed Owners

  • By: Jared Foretek

To be here is to be in the presence of true American history, where George Washington once dined and U.S. Attorney General Charles Lee (uncle to general Robert E. Lee) lived—a destination for prominent Virginia gentlemen since 1783.

Right in the heart of beautiful Old Town Alexandria, I was first built to house Duvall’s Tavern, where Washington celebrated his decisive victory for American independence upon returning to his native Virginia. I’ve also served as the Alexandria Customs House and the Bank of Alexandria.

As with my history, esteem and class are defining characteristics of my architecture. My period crown moldings, pine floors, chandelier medallions, and handmade foyer arches bring a tasteful elegance to my 4,000 square feet while the 1840 street lamp is a reminder of my illustrious past.

Natural light fills all three bedrooms on the main floor, each of which features its own full bath. The Dutch chandelier hangs in the front parlor, a wonderful place to relax, and the exposed beams add a rustic touch to my updated kitchen up on the second floor, adjacent to my lovely formal dining room.

While amenities like the AC and radiant heating systems are all fully modernized, the last renovation of the house—undertaken by the former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria—won an outstanding preservation award from the Historic Alexandria Foundation, no small feat in a town defined by its historic architecture.

So come back in time and hear the echoes of the American revolution in Alexandria. See more here.

Virginia Colonial exterior

photo by: Danny Smith

Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

Virginia Colonial front parlor

photo by: Danny Smith

A Dutch chandelier hangs in my front parlor.

Virginia Colonial kitchen

photo by: Danny Smith

The exposed beams add a rustic feel to my updated kitchen.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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