Built in 1920, 1818 Wellington is one of three Dutch Colonial Revivals in Lafayette Square designed by architects Montgomery & Nibecker. The current owner took great care to maintain and restore the original charm of the home which features the traditional gambrel roof, dutch colonial motif, brick exterior, hardwood floors, crown moldings and brick chimney. The chef’s kitchen has been tastefully remodeled with Carrera marble countertops and Carrera herring bone back splash, a 6 burner Thermador stove, microwave and dishwasher, stainless steel Bosch refrigerator and stainless steel farmhouse sink. The kitchen features custom made white shaker cabinets and vanities throughout the house and in keeping with the same style, the bathrooms also feature Carrera marble.
From maintaining the original windows to retaining mortise locks on all the interior doors (door knobs, hinges and latches are all oil rubbed bronze), the owner pushed for charm to compliment a modern, open floor plan. The second floor features the master bedroom with two walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom highlighted by a free standing Kohler bathtub. There are two more bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs and a staircase leading up to the finished attic that serves as a bonus room. The fourth and fifth bedrooms and a three quarter bathroom are located on the first floor. Additionally, there is a casual dining room off of the kitchen, a formal living room with a brick fireplace and an informal media room with French doors leading out to the professionally landscaped back yard and pool.
The home also has an interesting narrative – it was once owned and visited by persons who made civil rights history. The former owner, Leo Branton, was one of the country’s most reputable civil rights attorneys who represented many leaders and figureheads such as Angela Davis, Nat King Cole and Dorothy Dandridge among others. Rosa Parks was a friend who often spent winters with the family as a guest of the Branton’s.
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