The house at the corner of Chevy Chase Parkway and McKinley Street has long been a curiosity for its unusual architecture. But few today recall that it actually produced a Hollywood star.
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Four bungalows were built side by side on Chevy Chase Parkway in 1911. They each had identical Victorian marble fireplaces in different shades, likely salvaged from a mansion razed on Washington Circle.
Why was this wing added to join these two houses a century ago? Undoubtedly it was designed to deal with the socially awkward problem of a dependent divorcee.
A Barnaby Woods resident was a rising opera star in the 1970s. But despite giving that jet-setting life up long ago, the very ground on which he lives is in itself a musical serenade.
Alley walkers know the place — a medieval-looking “castle” behind a house in the 3900 block of Livingston Street NW. With its thick stone walls, slate roof and solid red door with iron fastenings, it could be in Germany atop a walled fortress touching the clouds.
On Stephenson Place, halfway between Broad Branch Road and 33rd Street NW, is the second highest elevation in the District after Fort Reno. On this spot, amid the cows and cornfields and patches of tall oaks, Gen. Henry Clark Corbin built his retirement home in 1907. He and his socialite wife Edythe Patten Corbin called it “Highwood.”