Riggs Place Residents Savor History

It may only run for three total blocks, but Riggs Place is packed with history. This picturesque stretch of roadway is one of the most historic in Dupont Circle.

Midway between 16th and 17th streets sit a handful of red brick townhomes. An embassy anchors one end of the street, which is sometimes called Tourtorsky Mansion. The residence was originally built for a US Supreme Court Justice in the late 1800s.

On the other side is Rutland Courts, which is a coop that was built by DC’s Harry Wardman around 1917. The mid-rise property houses around 80 private residences. 

The likes of Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison were known to have visited one of the homes, which was owned by a Howard University professor and literature consultant. Before that, past residents have included federal employees and political figures.

This home and others nearby were originally designed by architect Harvey Page. They serve as the only existing examples of Page’s modest residential designs.

For those lucky enough to find one on the market, it’s sometimes possible to buy one of the historic properties. Recently, two well preserved townhomes on Riggs Place NW went on the market.

One of theme is a six-bedroom residence with 4.5-baths. With well upwards of 3,500 square feet of living space, the townhome now contains white oak hardwoods, a marble gas fireplace, and a chef’s inspired kitchen with an island.

The three-level townhome comes with a rear deck and a balcony off one of its bedrooms. The lower level of the home can be used for storage or for separate living possibilities.

The other recently listed townhome has five-bedrooms and 3.5-baths. This townhome on Riggs Place NW contains hardwood floors, high ceilings, and bay windows. A roof deck offers some outdoor privacy, while the townhome also comes with secure parking, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances.  

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