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.

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Historic Preservation


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.