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  • The building is described in the classic DC book “Best Addresses” as a nautical-themed structure. In addition to the lighthouse portion, there are round porthole-like windows, rope ornamentation and other nautical details.

  • pure awesomeness is what it is.

  • I’m imagining this house was built a long time ago by some salty ol’ sea captain with a big white beard and a pipe.

  • perhaps it is a greenhouse of sorts?

  • True story: The original owner of this house, Captain Smitty Toboggan, inspired the neighbor in Mary Poppins.

  • true story: this is the actual house that hans zarkov was living when hot hail started pelting the earth.

    • True story, Alice Roosevelt Longworth once got busy there with U.S. Grant jr, thus inspriing his Logan Circle house.

  • That is the widows watch–a rare but occasional feature in Dupont Circle homes from that era.

    The house was built in the late 80’s / early 90’s by a husband and wife.

    The husband eventually left the wife for another man. For years after the wife could be seen looking longingly at Dupont Circle from her perch in the widows watch, waiting for her husband to return to her and hoping to catch a glimpse of him and his partner frolicking in the circle.

    But it was never to be.

    Now the house is a “Best Address” for this significant piece of sociological lore as well as its unique and practical architectural features, which were rare for houses built in the late 80’s / early 90’s in DC.

  • Don’t forget the sister nautical building across the street, The Anchorage.

  • You’ve got quite an imagination there, Frabblehead.

  • From Wikipedia: The Moorings, a nautical-themed, former apartment building at 1901 Q Street, N.W., in Dupont Circle. The Moorings is an Art Deco-style building designed by architect Horace W. Peaslee in 1927 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

  • This is a fairly common architectural feature on older homes in southeastern New England that have a harbor or sea view. We always called it a “widow’s walk.” The idea was that a wife would wait on the widow’s walk to see if her husband’s ship was returning. While it’s an unusual feature for an inland house, it seems coincidentally appropriate given that the neighborhood is the namesake of Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont.

    • New London Boy, a widow’s walk is an actual walk… it involves a narrow walkway at the top of a structure, usually accompanied by railings on all four sides, to keep the widow from flying off in a strong wind.

      I have no idea what this building is, but I want one of those on the top of my house. If the glass were clear it’d be perfect for watching lightning storms.

  • Although I haven’t a clue what this is, I vote for Frabble’s explanation! And thus Dupont became DC’s gay neighborhood. Or something.

  • Definitely a hot tub in there.

  • This is not a house. That’s not a widow’s walk on the roof. It is exactly what it looks like – nautical ornamentation. The OFFICE BUILDING is owned by a fraternal organization (think the Knights of Pythias or Elks – I don’t remember). My Italian barber’s shop is on the ground floor and he hosted a huge party a few months ago for Italian Unification Day. There was food and drink, reps from the Vatican and Italian Embassies, AND there was more food and drink up on the roof, right next to that faux lighthouse. Great fun and a wonderful view.

  • It’s actually Willy Wonka’s Bubble Room, where Fizzy Lifting Drink is manufactured. It’s tough to make out, but the massive ceiling exhaust fan that almost ended young Charlie and Grandpa Joe is mounted at the top.

  • i thought we went over this last summer.

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