Frederick Douglass home sets Capitol Hill sales record

The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

(1/5)
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.
The former residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass set the Capitol Hill record for highest sales price for a home when it was purchased in 2021.

A 6,200-square-foot home two blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court has sold for $4.995 million, the highest sales price for a home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on record.

The previous Capitol Hill record for a residential sale was $3.9 million.

The Empire-Style townhome, at 216 A Street Northeast, was once the residence of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the 1870s.

The home was listed for sale by HRL Partners and Thornett+Corder of Washington Fine Properties last October. It declined to disclose the buyer.

A plaque at the property indicates Douglass lived in the home from 1871 to 1877. Records don’t reveal whether he owned the home or just occupied it, but it was his first residence in D.C.

The four-level home was previously owned by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and included a small Frederick Douglass museum. It was purchased by Brush Arbor Home Construction, which completely renovated it, in 2018.

The townhome includes seven bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, an outdoor terrace, custom millwork and an elevator.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up