1941 Renovated Berla & Abel Townhouse
This early 1940s modernist Tiffey Townhomes along Arkansas Avenue was designed by prominent Washington architects Julian Berla and Joseph Abel.
The 2,100 square-foot townhouse features a high-end custom kitchen and full floor Soho-style master suite on the top level while retaining its original wood floors and Art Deco hand railings.
The heart of the three-level brick town house is the middle space with its expansive open kitchen-living-dining area with hardwood floors and signature angled brick and stone fireplace. The living area leads out through large glass sliders to the enclosed front balcony with jalouise windows.
The open kitchen with with double island features custom walnut stained cherry cabinets and basalatina stone countertops from upstate New York, and high-end Blanco sink, Dornbracht faucet, dual-fuel Jenn-Air stainless steel range and Fisher & Paykel refrigerator and dishwasher.
Off the kitchen is a half bathroom and custom-built pantry area that leads to the fenced in backyard and garage, which is decorated with salvaged aluminum grillwork that originally came from a mid-century printing plant in the city.
The top level has been transformed into a full-floor master suite with 11-foot beamed ceilings and a custom, open bathroom with stone and walnut stained cherry double sink vanity, stone and glass-tile 5′ by 5′ glass-walled shower with skylight. The bathroom also features custom medicine cabinets, Duravit toilet and Hansgrohe fixtures. Off the master bedroom area is the large, walk in closet/changing area with built-in shelving and Bosch washer and dryer.
The lower level, or entrance level, has a small foyer area that opens to the large family room with original parquet floors, a second fireplace and excellent closet space for storage. Abundant glass block allows for plenty of light on the ground level.
This Berla and Abel design was featured in the July 1941 issue of Architectural Forum and mentioned in the much sought after Deborah Dietsch book “Classic Modern.” The … brick townhomes, which the Architectural Forum piece says “blend agreeably with the traditional architecture of the nation’s capital,” have also been featured in the Washington Post.
Tucked just off 16th Street on the edge of Rock Creek Park, the house is conveniently located less than 1 mile from the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station and is 1 mile to the Columbia Heights Metro Station. Several Metrobus options are located just around the corner on 14th or 16th Streets. The house is just half a mile to the booming Upshur Street restaurant row, which includes several nationally acclaimed restaurants (Timber Pizza Co., Himitsu), and is 3.5 miles to the White House and Georgetown, 2.4 miles to Dupont Circle and less than 2 miles to the restaurants and shops of 14th and U streets.
|Address:||4114 Arkansas Ave.|
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