round landmark

January 11, 2012 — 2 Comments

Washington DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board is currently considering whether to grant landmark status to the city’s only round house

According to the Prince of Petworth blog, the house, located at 1001 Irving Street in DC’s Brookland neighborhood, “was built in 1901 by a prominent Brookland builder, John C. Louthan, who lived in another house he himself built at 12th and Irving (now gone).” The architect, Edward Woltz, “was a very busy designer of modest houses in the city.”

“There is no information about why Woltz and Louthan chose the odd shape for their house — octagon and round houses were a short fad in the US in the 1850s but had stopped being built by the Civil War and revivals of this style are rare.”

A woman who owned it until recently — who inherited the house from her aunt — said that its shape was impractical.  Her aunt, she said, “had furniture special-made to fit the walls.”  Her aunt also had all the upstairs furniture delivered through a second-floor window because the spiral staircase in the center of the house was too narrow for furniture to fit.

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