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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Apparently its the policy of DDOT now to allow you to reserve hundreds of feet of on-street parking for private events. At least that sure seemed to be the case at the old Graham house, where Mark Ein lent his unused mansion out for a WHCD brunch on Saturday. Signs reserved street parking on 30th from Dent all the way up to R, and on R all the way to 29th. Then a coach bus simply parked on the north side of R, basically blocking one lane of traffic. This was a huge cluster$#%^ and GM is going to get to the bottom of it. (GM noticed similar signs on Q St. in front of the Bowie-Sevier mansion). It’s perfectly reasonable for street parking to be reserved for moving trucks or city work, etc., but it absolutely shouldn’t be set aside for a party simply because the requester is rich. For what it’s worth, Katharine Graham never pulled that crap. She used her lawn or the cemetery.
  • But hey, GM hopes that didn’t ruin your weekend. How incredibly lively the neighborhood was on Saturday? GM only wished more people left their cars at home.
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Mark Ein is a Terrible Steward of the Beall-Washington House

The Beall-Washington house is a historic home on the corner of R and 30th St. It is one of the grand 19th century estates that dot upper Georgetown. The property is named after the Beall-Washington family, which was formed through the marriage of George Washington’s grand nephew and a descendant of Scotsman Ninian Beall, the original owner of much of Georgetown.  It was also owned for a time by District of Columbia Governor H.D. Cooke (who built Cooke’s Row on Q St.). The property has a large circular driveway, which gives the home an unusually country feeling in urban Georgetown.

Nowadays, the home is better known as Katharine Graham’s house. The Washington Post owner lived in the house for decades and with her parties ensured that 2920 R St. was at the center of the Georgetown social circuit.

After Graham’s death in 2001, the home was bought for $8 million by local private equity multi-millionaire Marc Ein. And in GM’s opinion, Ein has been a terrible steward of this historic home. Continue reading

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