The 1824 Blair House has been the official presidential guesthouse since 1942, when Eleanor Roosevelt got sick of tripping over...
Attached to Blair House as part of the official accommodations for the President's overnight guests, this building was built by Robert E...
Part of the Smithsonian diaspora, the Renwick Gallery is set in a stately 1859 mansion and exhibits a superb collection of American...
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Intimate red booths, a hidden basement location in one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, right across from the White House – no...
The Oval serves standout food, generally of the American-hint-of-Mediterranean genre. The chef eschews heavy sauces in favor of allowing...
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Decatur House information
Designed in 1818 by Benjamin Latrobe for the War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur, the building holds the honor of being the first and last house on Lafayette Sq to be occupied as a private residence. Architecturally, it’s an interesting mash-up of austere Federal and wedding cake Victorian influences. Famous tenants include Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay. The White House Historical Association owns the site and offers occasional free tours. Check the website's 'public programs' link to see when.