Van View

The stately Second Empire-style country house constructed 1868-1871 and known as Van View occupies an almost half-acre corner lot at 13th and Jonquil Streets.

It is generally surrounded by smaller, mid-20th century Colonial and Tudor Revival-style detached dwellings that define the neighborhood today. Though still gracious, the .43-acre lot is a fraction of its historic 18 and 1/4-acre tract of land, which was itself part of a larger farm owned by John and Mary Van Riswick during the last quarter of the 19th century.

The Van Riswicks, wealthy Washingtonians with connections to the County of Washington, lived in the city, but operated the property as a working farm and used it as a country retreat.

The house is a large, three-story, three-bay-wide, frame structure with a rectangular footprint forming the main block and a two-story rectangular wing extending off of the rear. The house is set upon a low foundation and is covered with a steep mansard roof, sheathed with standing seam metal, and lit by dormers in all four slopes of the roof. The walls are clad with metal siding, with the historic wood weatherboard beneath. A heavy bracketed cornice visually supports a projecting cornice and the mansard roof above. The window openings and trim are original.

DC Inventory: October 30, 2014



7714 13th Street, NW