L Ron Hubbard House

sights / Architecture

L Ron Hubbard House information

Washington, DC , USA
Address
Street 1812 19th St NW
Telephone
+1 202 234 7490
Getting there
underground rail Dupont Circle
More information
www.lronhubbard.org/heritage-sites/dc.html
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
10am-8pm
Something wrong?
Submit a correction

Lonely Planet review

For three years (1957–60) the father of the Church of Scientology occupied this rather handsome Dupont house, working on developing his own religion for the masses. Today, Hubbard’s old house is something of a shrine for scientologists from around the world. OK, OK: we know Scientology has become a bit of a straw man in recent years, an easy word association with ‘kooky, ’ but it’s also a religion with millions of adherents, and said worshippers take this place pretty seriously. We’re not saying you have to, but if the spirit moves you (as it were), this is the Scientology equivalent of Bethlehem, or something close to it. This is also where the Founding Church of Scientology, which still holds services, was established.