City Desk

Fenty’s 39th Birthday Bash Set for Old Mayoral Mansion Site

The time has almost come for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's annual birthday spectacle.

Two years ago, Fenty threw a grand, open-door party at the Washington Convention Center. A year ago, Fenty kicked off his re-election campaign with a massive fete at the Forest Hills home of local developer Chris Donatelli. This year, for Hizzoner's 39th, the birthday bash/campaign fundraiser will also take place at a tony, oversized residence. This one, however, isn't occupied by any developer.

In fact, it's vacant. The Dec. 5 event will be held at 1821 Hoban Road NW, a 7,000-square-foot, six-bedroom model home built as part of the Residences at 1801 Foxhall, a development of 27 single-family homes in the upscale Ward 3 neighborhood.

According to an e-mail sent out to Fenty supporters, guests will "mingle in a signature Fenty outdoor tent" and can "do a dine-around on quick healthy bites of tacos, turkey chili or mac and cheese catered by On The Fly"—the ex-business of Fenty transportation director Gabe Klein. Oh yes: "There will also be a large cache of Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks."

There is a slight bit of irony to the location: The 1801 Foxhall residences are being built on the site once proposed for a grand mayoral manse.

Potomac, Md., philanthropist Betty Brown Casey (widow of developer Eugene Casey and the name behind Casey Trees) had proposed donating the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate to the city and building a grand residence thereupon, to be named Casey Mansion. She even bought some $2 million worth of furniture for the dwelling. Alas, after years of feuding with neighbors, activists, federal and local officials, Casey dropped the plan in 2003.

St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School bought the property and in turn sold a portion to McLean-based Elm Street Development to finance a new campus for the school.

If you attend the fundraiser and like the house, it can be yours for $3,849,000.

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  • candycane1

    It would be so nice if no one showed up!

  • stinkface

    sorry I'm busy that day.

  • KCinDC

    A model home? Is George Bluth hiding in the attic?

  • Mike DeBonis

    The mere fact you call mayoral fundraising pop-pop tells me you aren't ready...

  • Keith

    LOL @ the Arrested Development references. C'mon!!! I think I've made a huge mistake...

  • Bisexual Vampire

    No one gives a shit about Adrian Fenty, except for the one's who kisses his ass to get contracts or low numbered D.C. tags.

  • Contrarian

    Smells awfully fishy for fish not being on the menu...

  • Stephon

    True indeed Bisexual Vampire......True indeed

  • Anonymous

    LOLOL....maybe the Fenty folks can invite Don Peebles!

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Funny that Fenty is coming over here to have his party with all the white people. He should whiten his skin like Sammy Sosa & be more honest about what he wishes he were.

    What a pathetic piece of shit Fenty is. Maybe he'll do everyone a favor & crash his bike & end up on life support in some assisted living facility.

  • Grumpy

    Nothing out of the ordinary here...

  • Jamie

    Turkey chili? Count me out.


    I will eat his food, but he will not get my VOTE! What time is dinner served???

  • Marciela

    It's a wonder he'll be in town long enough for his party. Are the party planners certain he'll not be out on his bicycle clogging up traffic for people who actually go to and stay at their jobs all day?

  • sedcdude

    Birthday bash, fundraiser, Fenty bring your ass on down Pennsylvania Ave SE to the McDonalds right before the Sousa Bridge, how befitting of a clown with a bike fetish, a complex and a shiny ass baldhead, HAPPY MEALS 4 EVERYBODY!

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  • hymesb

    When does the corpse start to run?

    If Gray wins, the unions will be happy.

    All they have to do is have their mab connections pay off Gray's people (20K a month was the going rate for mayoral access under Williams, Barry, Kelly.). I think it will cost them about 600K a year and they should ber able to do whatever they want again.

    Crooks calling other people crooks. Nothing new under the sun.