The 1819 building was the first Maureen Dowd saw when she went house hunting in 1995, and she fell for it immediately. There were the classic Georgetown details, including the six fireplaces, the wood floors, a pocket-size backyard, and what seemed like an endless number of rooms—two parlors, a den, a formal dining room, and three bedrooms. That President Kennedy lived there as a senator didn’t lessen its appeal to Maureen the political junkie. She bought it immediately.
"Other Georgetown houses are filled with things from the time they were built," Maureen says, seated in the living room of her 1819 Washington, D.C., townhouse. "But what can I do? This is what I like—romantic decorating touches."