This large Federal house was built in the 1790s by John Laird, a prosperous tobacco warehouse owner. Designed by William Lovering, the Colonial Revival style home is constructed with Flemish bond brick and is positioned with extensive wings added to the original block home. The exteriro boasts arched ground floor windows and a classical entry porch.
The use of enslaved labor on the property is currently unknown.
The home was inherited by John Laird's daughter Barbara Laird Dunlop and her husband James Dunlop, who was a practicing law partner of Francis Scott Key. He later became Chief Justice of D.C.'s Supreme Court.
The home was subsequently purchased by Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln--and once again purchased by Benjamin C. Bradlee, Washington Post editor during the Watergate scandal.
Today the home remains a private residence.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
Located within the Georgetown Historic District