21 Oct

Initial Concepts Released for the Maples

It’s been awhile since we heard what’s going on at the Maples on South Carolina Avenue. Ever since it ceased being Friendship House, rumors have swirled about the oldest existing house on Capitol Hill. Last week, the new owners, along with their architect Cunningham and Quill, presented initial concepts to a community meeting at Christ […]


23 Mar

Friendship House SOLD!

Altus Realty Partners purchased Friendship House early Tuesday, according to Terry Hindermann, one of several partners at Altus Realty.  The purchase price is still under wraps,  but is sure to be under the $3.2 million initially offered by the winning bidder back in the  fall.  The other big question — future use — is answered though. […]


27 Jan

Friendship House Gets Fresh Set of Eyes

Altus Realty Partners submitted a letter of intent to bid on Friendship House this past Friday, according to Friendship House Association chair Ron Joiner. The letter of intent gave the Arlington-based firm time to review the property before they move forward with a purchase, Joiner said. Terry Hindermann, Principal at altus Realty said its review […]


04 Jan

Friendship House Faces New Year with Fate Uncertain

Historic Friendship House is facing the new decade with as much uncertainty as it left the old one. Now that PETA, the second bidder after the Sweek family,  has decided not to pursue its option of purchasing the property , the clock is now ticking for the third bidder in line for its decision. That […]


09 Nov

Friendship House Update

The  saga continues in the future of  one of the region’s most historic properties: the bid for ownership of Friendship House/The Maples by Sonja Sweek and her family has fallen through. With it goes the plans for a complex containing a daycare center, a medical practice and a family living quarters. The next bidder in […]