8 showcases for the 2022 Georgetown House tour

The stage is set, and with eight on the Georgetown House 2022 tour roster, tour leaders and volunteers gathered at the R Street home of Avery Miller and Gregory Mocek on March 10 to thank the owners who have agreed to be part of the tour on Saturday April 23.

Revelers cheered on Phyllis and Michael Bayer, Jennifer Bisceglie and Robert Brese, Denise and Michael Bloomfield, Stephanie and Lawrence Flanagan, Skip Sroka and John Kammeier, Sara and Erik Swabb and Constance Chatfield Taylor – and the City Tavern Club.

The theme for the 89th Annual Georgetown House Tour is Our Doors Are Open Again. St. John’s Episcopal Church on O Street will once again host the tour, considered the oldest and most prestigious house tour in the country. This annual event attracts more than 1,600 guests each year. Parish tea will be held in Blake Hall at historic St. John’s Church from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We are delighted to be opening our doors again this spring. Visiting the house is a long-standing tradition. We hope to have a strong turnout this year as we mark the return of spring events for the Georgetown community,” said House Tour President Donna Leanos.

Patron Party Co-Chairs Emily Sower and Kathryn Minor Jones are excited about the April 20 party being held at the Langhorne Residence on 31st Street the Wednesday before the tour. The party was founded by House Tour benefactor Frida Burling and is considered one of Georgetown’s best parties of the year – the first was hosted by Kitty Kelley.

The houses will be open on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for all guests along with proof of vaccination. Parish tea will be served in Blake Hall at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more details, visit GeorgetownHouseTour.com.

Fortunately, there are four tourist houses on the east side and four on the west side. Here is a list of participating homes on the home tour, as provided by the tour leaders.

1. 3264 P Street, NW. Georgetown’s hidden Victorian gem. This 1840s house has enchanting and gracious grounds and gardens.

2. 3131 P Street, NW. This terminal unit houses Sara Swab, founder and creative director of StoryCollective. Swabb recently completed a full renovation to make it more conducive to his young family. Part of the scope of the renovation included restoring the previously stripped millwork to its 1890s origins. Guests can anticipate modern light fixtures, a large open kitchen and family room on the lower level. This house was built on land known as the Rock of Dumbarton and has stunning garden views, the benefit of being on the edge of the extensive Albritton family estate.

3. 2706 Olive Street, NW. The 1950s home of celebrity chef Julia Child. This 1870s colonial-style clapboard house, which the chef affectionately called “the little gem,” is where Child produced recipes for one of his first cookbooks, “Mastering the art of French cuisine”. The house was built after the Civil War by a notable African-American carpenter, Edgar Murphy. Child bought the house with her husband in the late 1940s, and in the 1970s acclaimed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, best known for designing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ house in Martha’s Vineyard, modernized the house adding a wall of windows that are still intact today. The house was recently sold after a five-year renovation by a notable architect Dale Overmyer.

4. 3323 R Street, NW. Home to interior design Jump Sroka and her husband John Kammeier, this property was recently reconfigured and refurbished. Guests can anticipate a centered staircase and a second floor garden room with French doors and a Juliet balcony overlooking the enclosed rear garden. Other notable design elements include custom-designed furniture as well as antiques, rugs, artwork, and paintings.

5. 1519 28th Street, NW. A Victorian facade dating to the late 1800s, this house features a deep garden and small water feature that was formerly part of the Georgetown Garden Tour.

6. 3130 Dumbarton Street, NW. This home is full of light with large windows and French doors that lead to a double lot. The house is adorned with period pieces and the walls are adorned with the owner’s extensive art collection. Guests are encouraged to visit the Carriage House, which has been converted into a Nantucket-inspired guesthouse with a large pool and patio area.

7. 3312 N Street, NW. This is one of the first homes in Georgetown, built in 1818. Designed in true Federal style architecture. Beautiful updates have been made while retaining the original details of the house.

8. 3206 M Street, NW. The City Tavern Club is a private club housed in one of Washington’s oldest buildings and the city’s last remaining Federal-style tavern. Built in 1796 and first run by Clement Sewall, who served in the Revolutionary War alongside his friend John Parke Curtis, George Washington’s son-in-law.

Key words2022 Georgetown House Tour89th Georgetown House TourAvery MillerDonna LeanosEmily SowerFrida BurlingGeorgetown House TourJulia ChildKathryn Minor Joneskitty kelleySt. St. John’s Church in Georgetown

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