Gail's Home, Studio & Art Collection

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Name: Gail Vollrath
Location: Washington DC — Old City, Capitol Hill, NE

I'm an artist and have been in my condo for 3 years. The building was built in 1933 and has four units — mine is the largest at 804 square feet. I've got a large art collection and my studio is in my home. The neighborhood is in the Old City section of Capitol Hill, a neighborhood in transition.

The H Street neighborhood is the closest commercial area to my home. The photos uploaded are only of the living area which includes the dining area. All the hardwoods are original and the plaster and trim were recently redone and painted a gray blue Duron paint. In one of the photos there is a bin of my work which I keep for guests to visit and flip through. Many of the artworks are either mine or colleagues I have ether traded for or purchased. I own many DC artists works as well as a Kiki Smith print.

In my office are custom shelves I designed and had built which store my art work as well as boxes of prints and drawings of other artists. The condo has a living room, main bedroom, office/bedroom, studio, kitchen and one bathroom. There is an entrance foyer separate from the living area as well. Most of the furnishings come from West Elm, trash dumpsters or flea markets. There are a couple of vintage pieces in the living area — the two dining chairs which were "recovered" from the dumpster at Catholic University after a library renovation and a two cushion upholstered wood frame chair which was purchased at a church sale for $3.50 and reupholstered for $30.

My family had a shoe store while I was growing up in Chicago and I have several old items, such as antique shoe and hat stretchers, a Swank men's glass and wood jewelry case, a small wooden lamp which served as a night light for the store and a small glass and oak display case which was used for displaying cosmetics in the 40s.

You can see more of my art at gvollrath.com

Thanks, Gail!

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