Political history permeates Wendell Mansions, a 107-year-old beaux-arts apartment building in Washington where architect Suman Sorg recently purchased and renovated a 4,000-square-foot residence. Letitia Baldrige, Jacqueline Kennedy’s social secretary, is among the people in the Kennedy administration who lived in the building.
Suman Sorg, principal of Sorg Architects, an award-winning architecture firm with offices in Washington and New Delhi, stands in her dining room.
Looking into the dining room at the home of Suman Sorg. To brighten and modernize the living and dining rooms, the original elegant wainscoting, moldings, doors and baseboards were refreshed with white paint.
At the rear of the apartment is a spacious new art studio carved out from a series of cramped, pie-shaped rooms. Sorg began painting in earnest six years ago and her museum-scale oils in vivid reds and pinks recall the colors of traditional northern Indian saris.
A minimally intrusive renovation of the living, dining and music room kept period details, including two fireplace mantels and the original chandeliers.
A long hall leads to the home’s cozy library and a guest bedroom with the owner's paintings on the walls.
The kitchen design is a study in streamlined utility. Sleek, floor-to-ceiling white enameled cabinets by Mia Cucina line three walls and reflect light throughout the space.
Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:30 am
Political history permeates Wendell Mansions, a 107-year-old Beaux-Arts apartment building in Washington where architect Suman Sorg recently purchased and renovated a 4,000-square-foot residence.
Her unit, Apartment 1, was a former home to Gen. Chester V. Clifton, a military adviser to the Kennedy administration. Letitia Baldrige, the etiquette expert and public relations executive best known for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy’s social secretary, occupied the building’s top floor, Apartment 4.
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