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Listing We Love: Alexander Graham Bell’s Nineteenth-Century Georgetown Laboratory

He is said to have perfected the phonograph here.
Listing We Love: Alexander Graham Bell’s Nineteenth-Century Georgetown Laboratory
This charming pink carriage house is also the site of some revolutionary American experiments. All photos courtesy of Long & Foster.

In 1881, Alexander Graham Bell—the inventor of the telephone and phonograph—purchased what is now 3414 Volta Place NW, as well as the adjacent home, for $8,000. The main house was a gift for his parents, who were moving to DC to be close to their accomplished son. Derry Haws and Thomas Bryant, who are offering the property via Long & Foster Real Estate, explain that the carriage house served as Bell’s private library and laboratory, which he called the “Volta Lab.” Now, the two-story stuccoed building is up for sale for a cool $2.395 million. Real estate may be all about location, location, location, but owning a piece of American history is pretty priceless.

Graham is said to have worked at the carriage home conducting extensive research into the field of deafness, even perfecting the phonograph here. The issue was so important to him that in 1907 he donated the property to the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. It’s since been converted several times, most recently into this three-bedroom charmer in the heart of Georgetown.

 

Here are the details:
Address: 3414 Volta Place NW
List Price: $2.395 Million
Square Footage: 2,224
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
Amenities: parking for three cars, Viking stovetop, working fireplace, built-in bookshelves, a little bit of American history

Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
The living room has French doors which open up to the back patio.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
The property includes an original working fireplace.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
An upgraded kitchen features a Viking stove and professional cooktop.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
We love the whimsy of a pale pink candy stripe wallpaper in the upstairs hall.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
The home is outfitted with an abundance of built-in shelving, even in the bedrooms.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
All three bedrooms receive plenty of natural light.
Graham Bell’s 1850s Georgetown Carriage House
The spacious brick patio includes a professionally landscaped private garden and is perfect for warm weather entertaining.

For more photos and listing information visit Long & Foster.

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Hayley is an Assistant Editor at Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Bloomingdale. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.