Initially Look: Julia Child’s Georgetown Residence Has Been Renovated and Could Soon Be for Sale

Approaching Julia Child’s onetime dwelling on Olive Street in Georgetown, it’s uncomplicated to think about…

Approaching Julia Child’s onetime dwelling on Olive Street in Georgetown, it’s uncomplicated to think about the chef herself welcoming you into the butter-yellow, 19th-century clapboard house. But when its present proprietor, Rory Veevers-Carter, opened the doorway a single latest afternoon, the illusion that she may possibly be simmering a pot of beef bourguignon somewhere inside of was rapidly shattered. Today, as Veevers-Carter nears the finish of a transformative renovation, the well-known house’s inside is remarkably modern-day. A back again wall is manufactured pretty much solely of glass, and the steel body of a customized floating staircase just about resembles a backbone. In the basement, the owner has installed a Turkish steam bathtub clad wall to wall in pink marble. Youngster would never recognize the place (while she’d almost certainly like that tub).

The house’s recent operator, Rory Veevers-Carter, has been working on the renovation given that 2015. Image by Evy Mages

The overhaul has been in the performs due to the fact 2015, when Veevers-Carter bought the household for $935,000. (He declines to say how significantly he’s expending on the renovation, supplying only that the amount would make “any self-respecting DC contractor blush.” He has documented the procedure on Instagram.) Veevers-Carter was intrigued that Julia and Paul Baby owned the household from 1948 to 1961, he says, and that she worked on Mastering the Art of French Cooking although residing there. But primarily he just desired a fixer-higher in a very good area. “Fixer-upper” is an understatement: The house—long rented out to learners and other tenants—had so substantially rot that Veevers-Carter’s crew anxious it would collapse. 

The rear of the dwelling incorporates a wall of home windows, at first put in as component of a renovation in the 1970s led by prominent architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Photo by Evy Mages

A watch of the exact rear wall of home windows, from the house’s principal degree. Photograph by Marisa M. Kashino.

Although he originally intended to live in the dwelling, his ideas have altered thanks to own situation. That signifies the famed address—which Julia referred to as her “little jewel”—could be on the market as quickly as this summer. Veevers-Carter, who hasn’t determined whether he’ll market or rent it out, insists he’s not as well unhappy to enable it go. “If you like residences, you do not get hooked up to them,” suggests the software entrepreneur, who owns two other old residences: a spot on Cape Cod from the 1700s and just one in Vermont from the 1800s.  

The quite modern-day tailor made staircase, produced of wooden reclaimed from the dwelling and steel. Photograph by Evy Mages

An upstairs bed room. Photograph by Evy Mages

A soaking tub in one particular of the new bogs. Photograph by Evy Mages

Of program, the greatest concern for Julia Boy or girl fans is what’s up with the kitchen area. Veevers-Carter wasn’t capable to find any images of it from when she lived there, but for the duration of demolition he uncovered a wall of muted green paint, which matches the color of her Cambridge, Massachusetts, kitchen area, now preserved at the Nationwide Museum of American Heritage. Persuaded it is a remnant of her favored area, Veevers-Carter has left a patch exposed he plans to defend it behind glass taken from 1 of the house’s authentic windows.


All through construction, Veevers-Carter uncovered previous green paint, which he thinks marks the spot of Julia Child’s kitchen. Photo by Marisa M. Kashino.
The space in which the new kitchen area will before long be mounted (and where Veevers-Carter believes Julia Child’s kitchen was also located). The ceiling beams have been reclaimed from in other places in the property. Image by Evy Mages

Aside from that, the new kitchen area will have the same au courant vibe as the relaxation of the house. Veevers-Carter thinks Julia would approve. “She usually experienced the latest devices,” he claims. “I sense if she was redesigning a kitchen area, it would be modern.”

Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff author, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s actual estate and household style and design coverage, and writes lengthy-variety characteristic tales. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-aspect investigation into a feasible wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia.