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George Washington's Townhouse Lots in Washington, D.C.

In 1798 George Washington, who was by then the former President of the United States, purchased two lots near Capitol Hill to build adjoining townhouses which he could live in and work from when he wanted to get away from Mount Vernon. Washington wrote out sketches for the builder, George Blagden. Blagden was instructed to work with architect William Thornton—the first person to be designated with the title Architect of the Capitol, who designed, among other things, the U.
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