A Period-Appropriate Update (& Wonderful Wallpaper) in DC's Oldest Home

A Period-Appropriate Update (& Wonderful Wallpaper) in DC's Oldest Home

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Kim R. McCormick
Jan 30, 2014

Washington, DC, is full of beautiful old buildings. The one with claims to being the city's oldest home has a story you need to hear, and some wallpaper you really need to see.

As a new story in Architectural Digest describes, previous owners saved the 1750s Georgian-style house from demolition in Danvers, Massachusetts, in the 1930s.* Their team transplanted it — nail by painstaking nail — to Kalorama, a beautiful, tucked away part of DC where you'll find many ambassadors' residences. The magazine also chronicles designer Mariette Himes Gomez' recent updates to the house, which complement, rather than compete with, the historically rich interior.

To learn more about the house's interesting history and be astonished at how artisans saved and rehung three sets of Dufour et Leroy scenic wallpapers, read the article in Architectural Digest.

* According to the U.S. National Park Service, the District's oldest standing building is the Old Stone House in Georgetown.

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