Blair & Lee Houses
The 1824 Blair House has been the official presidential guesthouse since 1942, when Eleanor Roosevelt got sick of tripping over...
Part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick highlights the American tradition of decorative arts and crafts. Housed in a...
The land north of 1600 Pennsylvania was originally deeded as part of the White House grounds. However, in 1804 President Thomas...
Off the Record
Chintzy chairs, brass fixtures, Manhattan cocktails, location in the basement of one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, and right...
No bad sitar music and clunky curry here; this is Indian food moved up several notches. The seafood curries like the Goan fish or...
748 Jackson Pl NW · interesting places nearby
Decatur House information
Designed in 1818 by Benjamin Latrobe for the War of 1812 naval hero Stephen Decatur, Decatur House sits at Lafayette Sq’s northwest corner. It holds the honor of being the first and last house on the square to be occupied as a private residence and, 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 bought the building in 2010. It has been closed for renovations, but plans are to reopen it to visitors. Check the website for updates.