House of the Week

IMG_6100, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I always love walking past this house in Mt. Pleasant. I imagine the folks that live here are exceedingly polite and have quaint southern accents.

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  • They had a lot of issues with their gas line. long story.

  • I used to live across the street from this house and was always envious of it.

  • I love that house.

  • I remember when that house was on the market for $800,000 right after I moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1996. Which is about the price fetched by a typical renovated row house now (well, maybe a couple years ago). There is a carriage house too.

  • I live two doors up from that house — beautiful place, very nice people. Alas, my wife and I are moving away from that wonderful neighborhood to … you guessed it — Petworth 🙂

  • If I remember my history right, from a walking tour of Mt. Pleasant a few years ago, that home is historically significant at the home of the first black lawyer in DC

  • Not exactly, but close, DCRat. From the Mt P Heritage Trail guidebook:

    “In 1948 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of houses to individuals of certain races or ethnicities could not be enforced. Two years later, Dr. Robert Deane became the first African American to purchase a house in Mount Pleasant that carried the old covenant. But it wasn’t easy.

    The Deanes bought 1841 Park Road from Lillian Kraemer Curry. Curry had inherited the house, built in 1906, from her father Charles Kraemer, a German immigrant wine and spirits merchant. In the 1920s the all-white Mount Pleasant Citizens Association began promoting a covenant binding homeowners never to sell their houses to “negroes.”
    Kraemer and most of his neighbors signed it. Even though the Supreme Court had outlawed this practice when Kraemer’s daughter sold the house to the prominent black gynecologist in 1950 , a small group of neighbors sued to stop the sale based on the old covenant. The neighbors lost in court, and Dr. Deane owned the house until his death in 2001

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