The former country residence of William Corcoran, one of the founders of Riggs Bank and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, may meet the wrecking ball.
On August 24, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception filed an application for a raze permit for the Harewood Estate, located at 3600 Harewood Road NE. According to a description of the building, the estate was originally built in the 1800s with two stucco and wood frame additions built in the 1900s.
In an email, Basilica Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi told Curbed DC, “Simply put, we did in fact look into preserving the house, but it will be cost prohibitive as well as inhibit our plans for the property.”
Rossi did not provide the exact cost of the preservation for the estate by the time of this article’s publication. He also did not elaborate as to what the plans for the property are.