Of all the DC area homes that claim a Kennedy family connection, few have as much non-Kennedy pedigree in their background as this one. During the time Jackie Kennedy lived there with her children after her husband’s assassination, it was owned by W. Averell Harriman – former governor of New York – and his wife Pamela Churchill Harriman, whose first husband was the only son of the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The house passed to her son, Winston Spencer Churchill, who sold the house to the current owners in 1997 and who now have it listed for $10 million. While the Harrimans owned the house, they hired famed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen to carry out extensive renovations.
Dating back to the early 1800s, the Georgetown home was built by banking magnate Romulus Riggs and is listed with the Library of Congress as an “excellent example of Federal-period architecture.” With eight bedrooms and six bathrooms, the interior has 12-foot ceilings, with most of the moldings preserved to match the period in which it was built. A large dining room has hand-painted murals on all four walls of the room. A covered outdoor patio adds a touch of contemporary feel with an industrial framing, although the original brick is still visible through the use of lattice style support structures.
Its size of 9,339 square feet makes it one of the larger homes within DC’s city limits, and certainly for Georgetown, it’s one of the larger homes in the neighborhood. There are only a dozen other single-family homes on the market in Washington with a higher asking price than this. The property also comes with a swimming pool, large landscaped gardens and parking for at least five cars.
The property is listed by Michael Rankin of TTR/Sotheby’s International Realty.