An abundance of authenticity and spectacular charm, this is your opportunity to own a home on the National Historic Registry and a piece of Washington, D.C. history. This Polychrome home was designed by John Joseph Earley, using a “mosaic” concrete technique that imbues the concrete with color. The result? Building facades with interesting decorative lines and colors that shimmer. Earley’s design paralleled the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s. Only five of these Polychrome homes were built and they exist right here in Four Corners. Two stories in height and Art Deco in design, this home offers three bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, a great room with original gumwood paneling, a bright kitchen, and an attached storage space. The backyard is fully fenced, totally private, and flat—perfect for open entertainment or quiet contemplation. The owners have retained many of the special details from the parquet floors to the leaded & glass block windows. The house is freshly painted, a neutral space, perfect for someone with a vision who will appreciate the history and detail this charming home offers.
From the Maryland Historical Trust:
“The five single-family dwellings that comprise the Polychrome Historic District are outstanding examples of the Art Deco style and reflect John Joseph Earley’s artistry and craftsmanship. Conventional wood frames were clad with prefabricated “mosaic concrete” panels utilizing a process Earley developed and patented in which the concrete was stripped to expose the brilliantly colored aggregate particles, creating an effect similar to impressionist or pointillist painting. In addition to their striking, richly ornamented appearance, these houses represent a relatively rare example of pre-cast concrete panel construction in single-family housing for the time period. Earley’s patented structural system led to the widespread use of pre-cast architectural concrete as a major exterior cladding material. The legacy of the Polychrome houses can be seen in thousands of curtain-wall buildings nationwide. Earley was a master builder who culminated nearly three decades of engineering and architectural experience in the design and construction of the Polychrome houses. Famous for his work on a number of early-20th century projects, Earley wrote eloquently about the social changes taking place in the United States during the 1930s and the demand for what he termed “social justice.” The Polychrome house represent his attempt to solve the “small house problem” by providing innovative housing at modest cost during the economic and social upheaval of the Great Depression.”
Updated on July 12, 2021 at 4:28 pm