POTOMAC, Md. (WJLA) – They call it the pride of Potomac and homage to all things D.C. – and the reflecting pool entrance certainly sets a tone.
Frank Islam is originally from India, his wife Debbie from Canada but there’s a theme that’s all about America within these 47,000 square feet.
"It's the American dream that allowed me to cross the Atlantic Ocean," says Frank.
Inside the home, the tributes are too many to count: a painted dome, murals of Maryland scenery (concealing an elevator), and enough space to allow for large fundraisers. Just last week, the couple hosted a party of 400.
“What better place to discuss democratic ideals than in a room with the Capitol Institute of Peace, Jefferson Memorial…?” says Frank’s wife, Debbie.
Talk about Americana! Look no further than Frank’s desk – an exact replica of the desk sitting in the Oval Office right now. But the story isn’t about the 16 bedrooms, 22 bathrooms, home theater, tea house, or massive koi pond. It’s actually about how these halls are filled.
“Most of the glass is done from a man in upstate New York, the dining room furniture is made in Indiana,” describes Debbie.
The couple had modest beginnings, but turned the tides with the success of a now sold IT company. They love to be part of the political process, and call charity a step towards improving the country.
“I’m always reminded by the phrase John F. Kennedy said: To whom much is given, much is expected,” says Frank.
And what better setting than on this 10-acre slice of serenity?
“It is our way of thanking this great nation,” says Frank. “We're deeply grateful because as immigrants, we realized the American dream.”