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Inside Marwood, A Historic c.1926 French Neoclassical Mansion on the Potomac (PHOTOS)

Inside Marwood, A Historic c.1926 French Neoclassical Mansion on the Potomac (PHOTOS)

Inside Marwood, A Historic c.1926 French Neoclassical Mansion on the Potomac (PHOTOS)
July 11
18:44 2019

Inside Marwood, A Historic c.1926 French Neoclassical Mansion on the Potomac

Potomac, Maryland, United States

It’s been several years since Maryland’s historic Marwood Estate last sold. It was built in 1926 and modelled after Château de Malmaison, a substantial residence just outside Paris that Napoleon built for Empress Josephine. Several prominent Washington families have called Marwood home, including members of both Al Gore and Joe Kennedy’s families and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who rented it as a summer house. After falling into a state of disrepair in the late 20th century, Barnes Vanze Architects Inc. were commissioned to bring her back to her former glory. The firm worked with designer Mary Douglas Drysdale to recapture the original grandeur while ensuring it would be a comfortable home for a family with children. Barnes Vanze Architects shared some insight into the project, “We incorporated new finishes, molding and paneling on the upper floors, which were reoriented to capture the property’s stunning river views. The only interior fixture of value, which we left intact, was the main stair rail. It was dangerously low, so we reset it at a safe height, clad the stairs in limestone, and created a raised side stringer as well. The refurbished staircase honors the home’s neoclassical roots. The original house was on 200 acres with a separate garage and gatehouse. Though the property has been reduced to 13 acres, we added a new gatehouse and an underground 10-car garage that’s attached to the main house and incorporates staff accommodations. Out back, we built a new pool, reclad the pool house, and added two modern exterior pavilions to flank the 100-foot-long terrace that faces the river.” Following the renovation, the nearly 20,000 square foot residence was put on the market and eventually sold in 2011 for $20,000,000 to Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. Leonsis has a networth of $1.1 billion. Learn more of the history and see historic photos here. Scroll down and take a tour of this substantial private estate. 









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