Decatur House

Decatur House information

Location
Washington, DC , USA
Address
748 Jackson Pl NW
visitor entrance 1610 H St NW
Getting there
Underground Rail: Farragut West
More information
www.decaturhouse.org
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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.