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Jeff Bezos Is Renovating the Biggest House in Washington, D.C.

The number of bathrooms raises a lot of questions.
IMAGE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM AND THE TEXTILE MUSEUM
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Update 11/6/2018: On Monday, the New York Times reported that Amazon planned to split its second headquarters between Crystal City, VA and Long Island City, NY. In light of the news, attention is once again cast on Jeff Bezos's Washington, D.C. home, which is currently under construction. Below, what we know about those renovations.

Original 04/24/2018:

In 2016, Jeff Bezos paid $23 million for a 27,000-square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C., and the blueprints for a major renovation the billionaire Amazon founder and owner of the Washington Post is undertaking have just been revealed.

The former Textile Museum, located in the hot neighborhood of Kalorama (the Obamas and Jared and Ivanka Kushner are residents), is undergoing a $12 million and expansion that began last year, Washingtonian reports.


The magazine got its hands on blueprints for the renovations through a public-records request, and they show that the project includes 25 bathrooms, 11 bedrooms, five living rooms, two kitchens, two libraries, two workouts, two elevators, and a ballroom.

Bezos, who continues to use Seattle as his home base, is combining what are now two separate properties that date to the early 1900s into an East Coast pied-à-terre for his family.

When it was on the market, the listing marketed the property at 2320-2330 S Street NW as a 10-bedroom house with eight full bathrooms and six partial bathrooms. One of the houses was built in 1912 by Jefferson Memorial architect John Russell Pope, and the adjacent home was designed by Waddy Butler Wood. They are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Textile collector George Hewitt Myers built one of the buildings in 1912.

The Barnes Vanze architecture firm is overseeing the renovation, and Washingtonian says that, according to the documents, the Pope house "will serve primarily as the family’s residence, with all the essentials for a tech-titan billionaire." There are a whiskey cellar and a wine room, along with an exercise room, TV room, and family kitchenette upstairs.

The larger house designed by Wood holds the 1,500-square-foot ballroom, with "floor-to-ceiling Ionic fluted columns, a limestone fireplace, and a balconied promenade with iron guardrails that overlooks the space from the second floor."

Bezos, the richest man in the world, is reportedly planning to use the home to host what we expect will be some very swanky affairs.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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