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Clements-de Sibour House, 1539 Twenty-ninth Street, Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS DC-832
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N677).
Building/structure dates: 1840 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1925 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1990 subsequent work
Significance: Jules Henri de Sibour, one of Washington's most important architects of the twentieth century, renovated the interior of his house, creating grand spaces reflecting his Beaux-Arts training and the tastes of Washington's wealthiest. ... In addition to this house's architectural significance, it derives further importance as an indicator of how much Georgetown had changed by the early twentieth century. Unlike the great houses, which offered views towards Georgetown harbor--and no doubt these views were equally important to their nineteenth- and twentieth-century purchasers, this house faces east and offers no views to the harbor even from south facade windows as the house is also not on an elevated site. So for a very successful and presumably well-off architect, the appeal of the house must have been the prestige of a Georgetown address and the potential the site offered to build grand interior spaces.
De Sibour, Jules Henri
Sayers, Dr. Royd
Richardson, Henry Hobson
Gueco, Irwin J., Delineator
Padgett, Anthony, Delineator
Anderson, Robert Curtis, Delineator
Lebovich, William, Historian
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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