Peter Thiel’s DC House Renovation

Work on the Northwest DC home is underway. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is updating its Woodland Normanstone mansion with a $1.6 million renovation that includes two additions and the scrapping of an existing pool for a new one.

According to the online plans submitted to DCRA, the PayPal co-founder hired architects at Georgetown’s Barnes Vanze, which also managed Jeff Bezos’ DC renovation. Horizon Builders, which built Dan Snyder’s Potomac House, among other local mega-residential projects, is the general contractor.

  • New York-based Paul Renwick Design is handling the interiors.

Some highlights of the renovation that we gleaned from the plans:

  • Thiel is blowing up his master bedroom to create more of a suite, plus adding another bedroom and bathroom for a total of seven beds, six full bathrooms, and four half bathrooms.
  • Several interior walls are demolished to reconfigure the house. There are garden, recreation and screening rooms, as well as a designated area for security and a staff lounge.

Catch up fast: The Beaux-Arts mansion — which Thiel bought from Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for $13 million using an LLC — gives the tech titan a residential footprint of more than 6,000 square feet at the inside the Beltway.

  • A heavyweight in conservative GOP fundraising circles and a longtime supporter of Donald Trump, Thiel backs several Trump-backed midterm candidates. His software company Palantir has an office in McLean and is heavily involved in government work.
  • Thiel’s new neighbors include former Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Steven Mnuchin.

To note : Photos submitted to DCRA show the house had an old-silver feel, with gilded chandeliers, a room completely covered in red (including the ceiling), and at least one bathroom covered in green marble. Thiel adds a few more traditional touches such as mahogany and French doors.

Zoom out: Thiel’s global real estate portfolio includes homes in California, Maui and Miami (the latter is on an exclusive man-made island). His plans for a huge resort on 477 acres of land in New Zealand were rejected by local authorities last month.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to indicate that Wilbur Ross was Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, not Secretary of Labor.


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