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Historic Capitol Hill cottage offers period opulence for $1M

A smaller slice of Millionaire’s Row

The home’s traditional, formal spaces include a living room with a bold fireplace and dramatic bay window.
Courtesy of the Get Happy at Home Team

This 1918 home was built as a “cottage,” but inside it feels more like the mansions that make up most of the surrounding Millionaire’s Row neighborhood by Volunteer Park. There’s a reason for that: It’s a kind of satellite to the Skinner Mansion (on the market for a few years now) across the street.

The Skinner Mansion got its name when it was occupied by World War I-era industrialist David E. Skinner. The story goes that Skinner loved his two unwed daughters very much, but despite having a 10,000 square foot home, he wanted them out of his house. So he built two 2,390-square-foot cottages across the street with the same posh standard of living.

While the other cottage is gone, this one still has most of its initial character, with dramatic millwork, period fixtures, and original cabinetry. The layout remains the same, too, with maid’s quarters (now just a cool little bedroom with a sink) off the kitchen, a butler’s pantry, and a stunning master bedroom with a built-in bookshelf and a sitting area.

723 13th Avenue E is on the market for $999,888 through Get Happy at Home.

The master bedroom features built-in bookshelves and a connected sitting area.
One of the larger bedrooms, reimagined as an office.
Originally the maid’s quarters, the third bedroom still includes a sink.
The formal dining area connects to the kitchen via a butler’s pantry.
The kitchen has towering original cabinetry and plenty of wiggle room.
The two twin “cottages” soon after their construction.
Courtesy of the Thomas E. Brown Estate