The Iconic Mansion
Originally built in 1909 by insurance baron Charles Schafer, this grand building once stood as an icon of Gilded Age prosperity. With a vision towards its bustling streetcars and stately mansions of Mount Pleasant’s past, Community Three charted a path to stop this property’s precipitous decay and return the architectural gem to prominence.
Named as one of DC's Most Endangered Places, The Schafer fell quietly into disrepair after decades of neglect. Time took its toll on the hand-laid Flemish-bond brick building and adjacent carriage house while the building's hand-carved details were on the verge of being lost.
The restoration effort included a complete reconstruction of the building's grand wrap-around porch, ornate hardwood staircase, and all eight wood-burning fireplaces.
The Schafer includes a bouquet of luxury residences, each individually designed to take advantage of the building's one-of-a-kind architectural features.
With residences named for each of the home’s original stately rooms, no two residences are the same. Complete with a grandiose entrance hall staircase, intricate wood-paneling, and leaded glass windows, each resident can live the lifestyle previously reserved only for Washington’s most elite.