A new home hewn from organic materials respects its pristine setting on the banks of the Potomac River, overlooking Mount Vernon
Inspired by the natural beauty of the Potomac River, George Washington once wrote that no estate in America was “more pleasantly situated” than his beloved Mount Vernon.
Today, Jennifer Brooks can make that claim from a sparkling retreat directly across the Potomac from the first president’s Virginia farm. Though a storybook view of Washington’s white-columned porch is prominent, her shingled residence on the Maryland shoreline disappears into the pines and cedars. This self-effacing design was the genius of architect Greg Wiedemann, who knew “blending in” would suit his client while ensuring approval by powerful stakeholders controlling development in Mount Vernon’s historic viewshed.
“It was a challenge,” the architect acknowledges. “We wanted to build in a way that really blended in with the landscape.”
Wiedemann’s portfolio includes splashy waterfront homes,