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Former Brothel 'The Cat House,' Bridge House, Other Interesting Houses on Tour

October 17, 2013

This Saturday, October 19, marks the inaugural Palisades Village House Tour hosted by Palisades Village. 

This first year, Palisades Village will feature the Palisades neighborhood. This is the public’s chance to catch a glimpse of some of the most interesting architectural designs in the District.  Eight houses are on the tour -- four of which are on Potomac Avenue.

Over 300 people are expected to converge on the Palisades community to view some of the most historic and unique homes in the city. 

For more information, contact D’Ann Lanning  of Beasley Real Estate at dlanning@beasleyre.com

Palisades Village sponsors activities and a network of volunteers through which neighbors help older neighbors to be safe, comfortable and active in their own homes as long as possible. It serves the Berkeley, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights neighborhoods.

A house on the tour (Photo by: Palisades Village House Tour) A house on the tour

The Homes on the Tour:

5700 Sherier Place:  This storied home began its life in the 1890s as a roofed, open-air dance floor in what was then the countryside, a popular destination alongside the Glen Echo trolley line.  Some of the original hard spruce floor remains today.  But it became notorious as “Cat House” during Prohibition, when it was enclosed and turned into a brothel; remnants of the bar and 8-foot wide bedrooms or “cribs” were found during later renovations.  The brothel was converted to a duplex after Prohibition.

5707 Potomac Avenue: The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright shows in this cedar-clad home, designed by California architect Aaron Green, who died in 2001.  Like Fallingwater, this 1982 home is built on steep slopes and over a brook.  The house has few 90-degree angles, creating unique interior spaces. 

5529 Potomac Avenue:  The owners envisioned bringing "a taste of California" to the eclectic collection of Potomac homes, bringing together flavors of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture with the materials and tones of Silicon Valley. The home is infused the house with green technologies including Geothermal and solar generation.

5358 MacArthur Boulevard: This beautiful Palisades home was built in 1979 by renowned architect Aram Normandin who made his mark on several structures in this area including the German Embassy and the home adjacent to this one.  It also is widely known locally as the "bridge house."

4933 MacArthur Boulevard:  One of the five original houses built on farmland in the 1890’s; this stately home was designed for developer John C. Hurst by architect Richard Ough in the opulent Queen Anne style fashionable at the time.  It is notable for its main “piazzas” – the porches stacked at each of the four corners – its octagonal tower, and its commanding site above MacArthur Boulevard, then known as Conduit Road. 





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Georgetown FAD October 11 & 12

September 30, 2013

Celebrate Fashion, Art and Design with a brand new neighborhood-wide event, FAD Georgetown, October 11 and 12.

Georgetown will showcase over 90 of Georgetown's fashion and home stores, art galleries, design showrooms, salons and restaurants with innovative style, design and art happenings.

For a listing of participating business and schedule of events, please visit the Georgetown BID.


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Olivia Macaron Coming to Georgetown Park

September 11, 2013

Move over cupcake, another macaron shop is coming to Georgetown. Macaron Bee, Patisserie Poupon and Paul's also sell the French confection.

And now, Olivia Macaron, opening soon (and hiring now) will be in Georgetown Park across from Dean & Deluca.

Olivia Macaron is located at 3222 M Street.

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