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c. 1793–1795, unknown. 3501 Newark St. NW

The high and varied landscape, where the main residential section of Cleveland Park is located, was valued for its healthful atmosphere and panoramic views as early as 1793–1795, when Georgetown merchant and federal city proprietor Uriah Forrest began this country house on a large tract of land called Pretty Prospects. Now owned by Youth for Understanding International Exchange, Rosedale consists of an L-shaped series of connected structures, the oldest a single-story stone double house called the Cottage. The Cottage may be the oldest building in the city; tradition dates it to 1740, but no scientific studies have been undertaken. Forrest's original house resembles Mount Vernon before George Washington made additions to it, a frame five-bay house sheathed in clapboards, with brick end chimneys and a simple single-story porch, supported by spindly columns, that traverses its entire south facade.

A similar two-story gabled addition of three bays was added to it at right angles and a lower single-bay saltbox connected the wood sections of the house to the stone ones. Rosedale is an eighteenth-century vernacular type still commonly found in the Virginia and Maryland tidewater region but a unique survivor in Washington, though many Colonial Revival houses in the city's extensive early twentieth-century suburbs were based on just such a structure.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Rosedale", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 367-368.

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