Large and distinguished Federal row house built in 1815-18 by Clement Smith. The house is 3 1/2 stories with raised basement, gable roof, and dormers. The facade incorporates Flemish bond brick with recessed panels above windows, fine portico with curved stair and fanlight; Russian Legation and home of Baron Alexander de Bodisco, Russian minister to U.S.
A federal period house, with a unique, early twentieth century first floor plan, the Bodisco House is included in virtually every book on Georgetown because of the mid-nineteenth century romance and marriage of its fifty-four year old owner, the Russian ambassador, to sixteen year old school girl. On a less sensational level, the early history of the house also reflects the speculative real estate market of late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century Georgetown and its architecture reflects the tastes of that period.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
within Georgetown HD