Washington Bowie, merchant, real estate speculator, church vestryman, officer of the militia bank, director and one of Georgetown's wealthiest men in the first decades of the 19th century, built for himself and his large family a suitably monumental federal style house on heights of Georgetown, offering majestic views south toward the port of Georgetown. Built circa 1810 and attached to a much smaller slightly earlier dwelling the house's well-proportioned spices decorated with a blending of adamesque and classical revival details served elegantly until 1953 as home to only four families: The Bowies, the Nicholls, the Hollingsworths, and the Seviers. Upon the Death of Mrs. Ella Sevier, the house passed to the Episcopal church ministry to be enlarged as a retirement home for Episcopal women and as a memorial to her husband John's great Grandfather, General John Sevier.
DC Inventory:November 8, 1964;
within Georgetown HD