Mixing Old & New: A DC Penthouse Renovation

On a corner of N Street in Georgetown, the owners of this recently renovated penthouse sought the location for its close proximity to the most fashionable shops and best restaurants, as well as its walkability. They lived in a more suburban neighborhood close by when they spotted an Anthony Wilder Design/Build sign in a neighbor’s yard. After talking to one of the team members, they were sold on having the Anthony Wilder team renovate their circa 1909 penthouse, which took about eight months from start to finish.

DC penthouse condo living room with marble fireplace and art

Anthony Wilder collaborated with interior designer, Benjamin Johnston of Benjamin Johnston Design in Houston, TX to complete the penthouse renovation.

georgetown, DC condo exterior

“Originally constructed as two townhouses in the late 19th century, which were quickly connected (you can still see the window variations on the façade), the space was reimagined again in the 1980s, as seven private condos, with this 1,695 sq/ft penthouse covering the entire third floor” wrote Saiqa Ajmal, in an Architectural Digest Middle East article featuring the home.

DC penthouse remodel before and after

DC remodel in Georgetown before and after living room
The homeowners are well-traveled, and “the couple’s art collection spans several genres, sourced during their adventure across the globe. -ADMiddleEast
Georgetown contemporary penthouse kitchen

In the heart of one of Washington, DC’s best neighborhoods, this Georgetown penthouse underwent updates from top to bottom, including a reconfiguration of the floor plan – the kitchen became the dining room and the living room became the kitchen.

DC apartment dining room in Georgetown

The kitchen and living areas are one-of-a-kind with a waterfall island, state-of-the-art lighting to illuminate the owners’ treasured art, and custom marble fireplace surrounds. Intricate detailing and moldings add height to the ceilings.

Eggersman marble island

“The traditional double parlour floor plan, found in many Georgetown homes, was updated to serve the couple’s love of entertaining. The modern Eggersmann kitchen (complete with one-touch drawers) anchors the spaces, with a living room and sitting room to either side. The sculptural marble island provides a focal point, while also serving as the functional hub of the home.” – Architectural Digest Middle East.

Georgetown DC penthouse/condo bedroom interior design with black high gloss doors

The moulding and baseboards were designed and crafted to reflect the history of Georgetown homes. The interior doors were painted with a black lacquered finish– with 12 layers of high gloss paint from Fine Paints of Europe— to achieve a baby grand piano look” says Anthony Wilder. “It adds a dramatic yet sophisticated aesthetic.”

Georgetown DC condo bathroom remodel

The bathrooms were updated with marble slabs that had to be brought in via cranes because the stairway was too narrow to accommodate their mass.

georgetown penthouse entry/foyer with glass rail and neon art

The stairway to the penthouse was reconfigured and now includes a glass railing and artful trim and molding that allows the homeowners’ art to shine.

Penthouse deck overlooking Georgetown, Washington DC

A large outdoor deck offers sweeping views of Georgetown completing the penthouse renovation project.

The homeowners purchased the penthouse with the intention of creating a space that embodies their design mantra: “mix the things you love to build a story of past, present and future.” The duo recently launched an ecommerce platform for home decor in New York City called, Den XYZ featuring globally sourced art, new & vintage decor and eclectic tableware.

Benjamin Johnston of Benjamin Johnston Design out of Houston, TX collaborates on interior design and renovation projects all over the country.