Georgetown Home Where Jackie Kennedy Stayed After JFK’s Assassination Asks $10M
In the wake of the assassination of her husband, when Jackie Kennedy moved out of the White House with her two children, she retreated to this Georgetown home for a temporary stay. Democratic politician W. Averell Harriman and his wife at the time, Marie Norton Whitney, loaned it to the mourning family. Its history continued to unfold from there, as for many years, the diplomat also owned the home with his next wife, Pamela Churchill Harriman. As staples of Washington, D.C. society, they often held parties for those in the know at the address. Constructed in 1805, with an abundance of exquisite original details to prove it, the Riggs Riley House stands witness to over two centuries of history and now asks $10 million.
The home sits along a quiet, classic street in Georgetown amidst a sea of red brick facades. Its Federalist architecture, with white trim and black shudders, is quintessential to the neighborhood. An unassuming stoop gives way to a grand and spacious foyer, foreshadowing the vast and ornate entertaining spaces to come. All told, the residence spans 9,339 square feet, with 8 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Any number of guests might stay the night, should they so need to after a particularly successful party.
That foyer also provides the first sample of the historic details present throughout. Observe the narrow-board wood floors underfoot and intricate moldings overhead. Oversized north-facing windows soak each public room in serene light, aided by soaring 12-foot ceilings in a mission of maximizing the sense of expansive comfort.
Michael Rankin of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing, which even has a pool.