Joseph Beale House

This house which was designed in the 18th century Roman Revival manner by Washington architect Glen Brown was begun in April of 1907 and completed in the early part of 1909.

The detached, stucco and limestone residence, in the 18th century Roman revival manner, is significant for its plan, spatial composition, and use of detail and material. The pie-shaped site faces across the west end of Sheridan Circle and the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and R Street. This shape is reflected in the convex facade of the building and in its spatial sequences. The interior spaces on the ground floor contract toward the public stair at the rear and on the second floor expand outward form the stair to the street facade.

The house, one of several Massachusetts Avenue residences designed by Brown, is well suited to its site which faces across the west end of Sheridan Circle. The pie-shaped site is reflected in the convex facade of the building as well as its spatial sequences. The interior space contracts on the ground floor, drawing toward the staircase at the rear and expands outward on the second floor towards the main rooms on the street facade. The house is especially significant for its interior plaster work which is of excellent quality and is well preserved. The building now serves as the residence of the Minister Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt.


Built 1907-09 (Glenn Brown, architect)
DC Inventory: February 22, 1972
National Register: May 8, 1973
within Massachusetts Avenue and Sheridan-Kalorama HDs
HABS DC-257

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2301 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.