A former mansion and social club is up for sale, and it could become the newest hotel in Dupont. The Patterson Mansion is a huge property --36,000 sq ft-- at 15 Dupont Circle NW. The mansion was built in 1901 and is listed as having 16 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. This prominent location originally served as a private residence for the Pattersons, a family of wealthy newspaper publishers.
The Dupont Current (PDF) is reporting that an Atlanta company is interested in buying the property and converting it into a hotel. 15 Dupont Circle is being marketed as "Patterson Mansion" and is currently being offered for $26 million. The current tenants and owners are a private social club, the Washington Club.
French Quarter Holdings, if they actually purchase the property, would attempt to convert it into a hotel by removing an addition to the rear of the building added by the Washington Club and replacing it with a new structure containing more hotel rooms. The new hotel, number of rooms unknown, would be a small luxury boutique property and it would join The Dupont Circle Hotel as only hotels adjacent to the Circle itself. Don't look for changes anytime soon, the property has yet to be sold. And any significant additions or alterations to the mansion would face rounds of approval since it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. More news as it comes.