It’s no wonder Moskowitz was drawn to the house. Built in 1912 on one of the first developed streets in Cleveland Park, it is one of the grand old houses in the neighborhood. The house is one of three in Cleveland Park designed by architect B. Stanley Simmons. The DC Architects Directory called Simmons a “prolific designer, whose work encompassed a wide variety of building styles and types”.
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Simmons, a native of Charles County, Maryland, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in Washington, Simmons designed a number of buildings that have become historic landmarks. He designed the Metropolitan National Bank on 15th Street NW, the Jewish community center on 16th Street NW, the Fairfax Hotel at 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW and the Barr Building, the first high-rise office building in Farragut Square. He also designed the Wyominga condominium building on Columbia Road NW, which is a registered landmark.
The Moskowitzes bought the house for $37,000 in 1962 when they moved from Michigan to Washington. Jack took a job on Capitol Hill as a staffer on a Senate Committee on Refugees and Escapees. He then worked at the Pentagon as a deputy assistant secretary of defense specializing in civil rights and industrial relations. He then worked for Common Cause and United Way of America.
Jack, who had a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, earned a bachelor of arts degree in religion from George Washington University when he was 70. When Jack died in 2020, the Moskowitzes had been married for 72 years.
Faye, who married Jack at 18 and was a mother at 20, came to Washington without a college degree. At 35, she enrolled at George Washington University. She began her teaching career at the private Edmund Burke School in Washington, where she became the college’s founding principal. After earning a doctorate from GWU, she became a professor at the school, teaching creative writing and American Jewish literature. Faye was tenured at age 65 and served as chair of the English department for 12 years.
Faye’s freelance contributions to The Washington Post led to a stint writing a column in The New York Times. The first of her five books, “A Leak in the Heart”, was published in 1985. She died in February at age 91.
Her obituary in Washington Jewish Week said, “As the 60-year-old matriarch of the Moskowitz House on Highland Place in the district, Faye hosted many gatherings and readings. Her commitment to civil rights, the end of the Vietnam War and other causes have made her one of the most sought-after “hoteliers” of her generation. »
The seven-bedroom, three-bathroom, 3,850-square-foot home was large enough to accommodate not only the Moskowitzes’ four children, but plenty of guests as well.
“My parents always opened their house to everyone,” Korns said. “It was really huge, especially during the Vietnam War, when people came out to protest. … I remember putting people up on the third floor, everywhere, making a big pot of spaghetti for everyone. But over the years, no matter who you were, if you needed a place to stay because you had an internship in DC or a visiting relative, my parents always opened their house.
The spacious, shaded porch and large front door, complete with transom and sidelights, welcome visitors into the home. A marker identifies the house as a contributing structure to the Cleveland Park Historic District.
Inside the house, many period features remain. The music room to the left of the foyer has parquet flooring, leaded glass windows and a floor-to-ceiling mirror surrounded by gilt bas-relief carvings that repeat in plaques above the indoor fish pond. Korns said craftsmen who worked on the Washington National Cathedral would have done the plaster work.
The Moskowitzes hired Washington architect Colden “Coke” Florance to add a skylight and wall of windows in the music room.
A large stone fireplace anchors the living room. The dining room has a coffered ceiling, high woodwork with upholstered panels, a chandelier and period sconces. The breakfast room, next to the dining room, is adorned with leaded stained glass.
There are four bedrooms and a sleeping porch on the second floor and three more bedrooms on the upper level. On the lower level, the basement is unfinished. An old garage, which can accommodate two cars end to end, is adjacent to the basement and offers more storage space.
“It was an amazing, awesome place to grow up,” Korns said. “It’s very difficult. It’s very, very emotional” to sell the house.
The home is listed at just under $2.6 million.
- Bedrooms/bathrooms: 7/3
- Approximate area: 3,850
- Lot size: 0.12 acres
- Features: The 1912 American Foursquare house was designed by architect B. Stanley Simmons. Architect Colden “Coke” Florance renovated the Music Room. Inside the home, many period features remain, including hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, and a second-story sleeping porch.
- Listing agent: Margot WilsonBeautiful Washington Properties