27 Madison Street
Built in 1857 by factory owner Stephen Coleman, it remained in the family for over 100 years.
Situated on the largest residential lot in the District, this Italianate home, or Italian Villa, mimics the style of the Italian Renaissance. It features a low-hipped roof with extended eaves topped by a large square cupola. The entrance porch has chamfered posts, foliate capitals, console brackets, a single slab of Medina stone as its floor, and a large front door with double-arched windows.
The home has the original louvered shutters, a two-story bay window, and stone lintels and sills. Inside, there are 12 foot ceilings with elaborate moldings. The former horse stable at the rear of the lot is now a pool house for the in-ground, tiled swimming pool. The south front of the double lot features a rose garden. Look for the brownstone hitching post near the sidewalk.