Real Estate

PHOTOS: Inside Dupont Circle’s Historic Patterson Mansion

It's been under construction for years, and we finally got a peek inside.

Photos by Marisa M. Kashino.

The old, opulent mansion on Dupont Circle has been many things. It was built in 1903 as the residence of Chicago Tribune editor Robert Patterson. President Calvin Coolidge lived there while the White House was getting renovated. The American Red Cross owned it before it became the Washington Club in the 1950s. Now, it’s about to open its doors as the flagship property of Ampeer—essentially a high-style, corporate housing concept from Washington developers Saul Urban and Rooney Properties.

The companies have been working to restore and renovate the mansion for the past three years. Interior decorator Darryl Carter designed all of the communal areas. Given how grand the building is, Carter says “the point was to make it accessible,” and to “honor, not embellish” its original architecture. The mansion now houses 22 furnished apartments, which can be leased for as little as three months. An addition built off the mansion’s east side contains 70 more units. Saul Urban’s Daniel Rigaux says the concept for Ampeer came from recognizing “a void in the market” for professionals temporarily residing in Washington for short-term work assignments. The developer will soon start construction on a second Ampeer, located in Shaw’s Blagden Alley, and hopes to eventually grow the concept beyond Washington to other east coast cities.

The apartments at the flagship Ampeer range from 330-square-foot studios to 600-square-foot one-bedrooms. Rents range from $2,800 to $8,100 a month. Move-ins are slated to begin in July. Here’s a sneak peek inside.

When you enter the mansion off Dupont Circle, you’re greeted by this grand staircase.
Up the stairs, there’s a living room/lounge for residents to enjoy. Interior decorator Darryl Carter designed all of the mansion’s communal spaces.
Carter chose glossy black paint for the library.
The mansion will have a mixologist on staff to make cocktails at the bar.
The apartments have their own kitchens, but residents can also use this communal dining room and kitchen.
Inside one of the 22 apartments in the historic mansion. (There are 70 more units in a new addition built off the mansion’s east side.)
Studios range from 330- to 415-square feet. One-bedroom units range from 500 to 600 square feet.
Because they were built around the historic architecture, the apartments inside the mansion have unique layouts—like this one, with a balcony overlooking the living room and kitchen.
This apartment comes with one of many original fireplaces preserved within the mansion.
Two apartments get to share the mansion’s balcony looking onto Dupont Circle.
Here’s the entrance back into one of them.
A studio apartment.
A one-bedroom, loft-style unit.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 and was a senior editor until 2022.