Buffy and her husband, actual property developer William N. Cafritz, a nephew of Washington enterprise leaders and benefactors Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz, “welcomed politicians, diplomats, Supreme Court docket justices, teachers and others [into the home]. She valued appeal, wit and kindness, and had little time for individuals who took themselves too severely or had no humorousness,” Roberts wrote. Invoice Cafritz died in 2014.
The primary inaugural occasion was in 1985, following the reelection of President Ronald Reagan, whom the Cafritzes had entertained of their dwelling. Though the inaugural events have been held via 2001 on the Jockey Membership within the Fairfax Lodge on Massachusetts Avenue NW in D.C. and later at different lodges, the home within the Bradley Hills neighborhood was the positioning of many A-list Washington events.
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In 2018, when Earl “Rusty” Powell stepped down because the director of the Nationwide Gallery of Artwork, certainly one of many beneficiaries of Buffy Cafritz’s philanthropy, she feted him at her dwelling. The occasion’s visitor listing included Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), former Kennedy Middle chairman Jim Johnson, Librarian of Congress emeritus James Billington, Ann Jordan, Barbara Allbritton, Maureen Scalia and Clarice Smith.
A celebration on the home in 1972 included actor Paul Henreid, who performed Victor Laszlo in “Casablanca”; actress Agnes Moorehead, who was Endora on the tv collection “Bewitched”; Ricardo Montalbán, who was Mr. Roarke on the tv collection “Fantasy Island”; and Edward Mulhare, who was Professor Higgins within the unique Broadway manufacturing of “My Honest Girl.” Surveying the throng on the Cafritz home, Montalbán advised The Submit that it was “like Hollywood events was.”
The Cafritzes purchased the 1944 Georgian-style home in 1958 from William R. Teunis, and they’re believed to be solely the second house owners. In 35 years as a Washington optician, Teunis fitted glasses for President Harry S. Truman and different high-ranking authorities officers.
Within the early Nineteen Seventies, the Cafritzes introduced in famend inside designer Albert Hadley of Parish-Hadley to revamp the house. Elizabeth Stamp wrote in Architectural Digest in 2015 that “few corporations have had a higher affect on the inside design world than Parish-Hadley. The partnership between Sister Parish and Albert Hadley influenced American decor for greater than three many years.”
By shifting the entrance door, Hadley created an entry corridor. He additionally added onto the left facet of the home, devising a brand new front room that Architectural Digest described as “massive sufficient to accommodate the Washington elite who flock to the frilly dinner dances and casual evenings which make the identify Cafritz synonymous with entertaining on a grand scale.”
The renovation was featured within the March/April 1975 difficulty of Architectural Digest.
“It’s a home with out tips,” Hadley advised Architectural Digest. “But it surely does have a top quality of fantasy about it.”
The home has been added onto since Hadley’s renovation. The bay window that Hadley moved to border the patio and birch timber, now not faces the skin. Now it faces the sunroom, which opens to the yard. Apart from the three partitions of home windows, an infinite skylight floods the room with pure gentle.
Between the lounge and the sunroom is a household room with a hearth, certainly one of 4 in the home. A proper eating room, the kitchen and a visitor suite are additionally on the principle stage.
The proprietor’s suite, on the second stage, has two dressing rooms and two loos. This stage additionally has two extra bedrooms and an workplace. An elevator runs between the primary and second flooring.
The highest and decrease ranges every have a bed room with an en suite rest room. The decrease stage additionally has an train room and an workplace.
The grounds, that are simply over an acre, are surrounded by mature timber. The stone path from the patio results in a swimming pool and a gazebo. The round driveway and motor courtroom have parking for 10 autos.
The six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 8,100-square-foot home is listed at just below $2.9 million.
- Bedrooms/loos: 6/7
- Approximate square-footage: 8,100
- Lot dimension: 1.08 acre
- Options: The 1944 Georgian-style home within the Bradley Hills neighborhood was the longtime dwelling of Washington philanthropists Buffy and Invoice Cafritz. It has been the positioning of many A-list Washington events over time. Mature timber encompass the grounds, offering privateness. There’s a swimming pool, a gazebo and parking for 10 autos.
- Itemizing agent: Theo Adamstein, TTR Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty