Imagine living on one of the most famous and beautiful streets in Old Town, Gentry Row! Enjoy your wood burning fireplace in your living room or your gas fireplace in the kitchen or study during the crisper months and entertain in your lovely brick walled garden in your backyard throughout much of the year. Both Dr. Elisha Cullen Dick and Dr. James Craik (attending physicians to George Washington) may well have done the same when they lived at different times in this residence built by Captain John Harper, a well-known and successful merchant in this 18th century seaport. Observe the symmetry and details of one of the finest examples of 18th century townhouse architecture in the City. Its English and Flemish bond, elegant window masonry, dentil molding at the roof line, keystones, and stone front door staircase are unique characteristics of the facade of this home. Plaster over brick construction and a stone basement testify to its enduring strength and stability. Heart pine floors, original lock sets with keys, high ceilings, gorgeous woodworking, and original built-ins appear throughout this fine dwelling. The design is unique, the wide window sills, the marble fireplace surrounds and mantles are lovely. A three level staircase is bright and beautiful and positioned conveniently in the middle of the home. You can absorb the gentility and history of this Seaport town from its windows, interior staircases, front entry or Georgian garden. This home has been lovingly maintained and updated to meet a discriminating buyer's needs. The roof is copper and was replaced in 1995; over time, snow guards and new gutters have been installed. Recent improvements include: a new HVAC (Bosch) was installed to service the 3rd and 4th floors; a full size washer and dryer are found in the large bath on the second floor; in 2018, the kitchen was completely gutted and custom made cabinets were built to complement the space and decor were added. Custom lighting (under counter and chandeliers) a GE counter depth refrigerator with ice maker, GE dishwasher, gas stove + four burners and a griddle, a heavy duty disposal, large sink, soapstone counter tops and cork tile floor make this a most desirable cooking and eat-in kitchen! A new half bath on the first floor is most convenient! In 2019, the halls and stairs were redecorated with Farrow & Ball wallpaper; the mural design in the entry hall is early 19th century French. New carpet on the stairs, brass chandeliers in the stair and entrance hall, and fourth floor renovations allow for at home office space or additional guest space. Bathroom improvements on both upper levels are also very attractive. The garden now as a remodeled entrance from the home's main hallway which includes lattice work, trek decking and a hinged entrance into the basement with a new steel frame and doors for wider and easier access beyond the existing interior staircase. But beyond its own walls, it offers within a few blocks, the best of retail shopping, restaurants, fine culture and historically significant public, private, religious and educational educational institutions. Walk its cobblestone streets, take a trolley ride, meander along the many walkways and parks along the Potomac River, take a riverboat cruise or walk your dog in this 'dog-friendly' neighborhood! The opportunities for primary historic research here are extensive whether your interest is archaeological, historical, architectural, religious, economic or social. Close proximity to public transportation, the airport, and the Nation's Capitol further enhance this 18th century seaport. The City has won many awards for its culture, attractive life style, convenience, walkability and sheer beauty. Make this your treasured home!!