Majestically set on a premium double lot with walled gardens, the Bayne-Fowle House is located in an area of Old Town Alexandria known for some of the most important historic homes.
Built by a successful merchant in 1854, this 8,500 square foot home exemplifies the finest in 19th century architectural design and craftsmanship. Additionally, the Bayne-Fowle House has benefitted from a spectacular recent renovation which honors those rarified elements while creating a home with lightness and elegance that is perfectly attuned to today’s lifestyle.
A sandstone staircase with wrought iron gas lamps and railings complements the elegant window-lined facade constructed of brick with a coursed ashlar veneer. The primary entrance to the home welcomes guests to a vestibule area and a full-length foyer beyond which showcases a graceful open-stringer staircase with an elliptical handrail.
The handsome foyer opens to the residence’s stunning living room, dining room and family room with marble fireplace mantles and period plaster cornices adorning the 12’ ceilings. Full-length windows with original interior folding shutters and a pair of original gilt pier mirrors reflect the expansive floor plan. Pocket doors between these areas provide the option for creating intimate spaces or joining the multiple rooms for a more open floor plan. Triple Niermann Weeks chandeliers unite the three rooms.
A beautiful breakfast room, conservatory and a newly renovated kitchen provide views of the landscaped walled gardens enhanced by eastern exposure morning light. The magnificent custom designed Christiana chef’s kitchen features white marble double ogee countertops along with top-of-the-line appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is a lovely breakfast room with 14’ ceilings and expansive bay windows. The breakfast room opens to a window-lined conservatory with scalloped window shelves, thought to be original to the home, and arched glass window paned doors opening to the garden area. A charming bright office with custom fitted cabinetry and a painted geometric pattern floor provides access to the garden’s private courtyard. Also on this level is a stunning French-inspired powder room with stone basin and floor.
The second level offers three large bedrooms with ensuite fireplaces, custom shades and gorgeous draperies. Two full bathrooms and a spacious laundry room with ample storage complete this level.
A window-lined sitting area with views of the historic homes facing 811 Prince provides a welcome to the Owner’s Suite. The primary suite level offers a luxurious bedroom with an exquisite painted mural of the Potomac River and a fireplace. The elegant bathroom, with double vanities, has a marble fireplace, a spa tub with marble backdrop, a glass enclosed shower and a private water closet. The Architectural Digest design-worthy dressing room is beyond compare. A Niermann Weeks chandelier delicately illuminates the marble topped center island and the beautifully designed custom cabinetry with inset mirrors. An additional laundry room completes this level along with a nicely appointed elevator with full home access.
A staircase to the uppermost level leads to a finished room with exposed brick walls. The unfinished area on this level is truly fascinating as one can see the top of the historic oculus skylight and the graffiti believed to have been written by Civil War soldiers.
The lower level of the residence offers a handsome second family room or entertaining area. Sit back and relax while watching a movie on the large screen television which is thoughtfully set behind a sliding sculptural art piece custom made to represent the City of Alexandria. A 1,600-bottle temperature-controlled wine room, a gym and a full bath can be found on this level. Reclaimed Pennsylvania barn wood, corrugated steel panels and incredible faux paint finishes provides a cozy area for times when one wants to relax or entertain.
The iron garden gate to the right of the main entrance leads to a large walled terrace lined with hornbeam trees and gorgeous hydrangeas, azaleas and other seasonal plantings. Additionally, within the garden’s intimate spaces are an arched entry to a second ivy-lined courtyard and a pathway to yet a third courtyard nestled between the two-car garage and office suite. Wherever you are in the garden it is a beautiful destination, whether it is for a large, tented dinner party on the main terrace, a visit with friends in the charming courtyard or just a quiet place to read.
Other than during a period of a few years during the Civil War, the Bayne-Fowle House has remained a private residence, enabling the home to retain its original structural integrity and decorative design. It is recognized by the Virginia Department of Historic Places as one of the most important historic homes in Virginia. It is protected by an architectural easement to ensure that it remains in good keeping for the future.
It is said that the layers, the events and history over the years, give a house its soul. That is certainly evident for this very special residence. The power of preservation and gorgeous interior design along with the thoughtful renovation by the current owners have joined together with unparalleled results. This simply fabulous property in its enchanting setting provides a unique opportunity to own a home with the richness of historic architecture reimagined for today’s sophisticated buyers.
Updated on November 8, 2023 at 1:39 pm