mille fleurs residence

Washington, D.C.

This project involved the complete renovation, preservation and interior design of a 1790 Federal Style private residence in historic Georgetown for an ambassador.  The 20,000 SF residence required a new mechanical system and extensive structural repairs.  Exterior restoration involved the repair and refinishing of the exterior stucco, wood trim, and flat copper roofs.  The existing interior ornamental millwork was removed and extensive millwork was designed for the newly configured interior spaces.  Retrofitted environmental systems and controls protect a collection of Old Master paintings, including the Rembrandt portrait over the mantel in the library.


A 40-foot swimming pool and a 300 SF exercise room were added under the house by underpinning the house and excavating 20 feet.  The construction was phased so that the clients could occupy the premises at 50% completion of the existing structure and during the entire construction period of the below grade pool and exercise room.