Washington, D.C.› Attraction
2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW (at Q St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Dupont Circle Hours Tues–Sat 10am–4pm, Sun noon–4pm; highlights tours hourly, at 15 min. past the hour.Closed most federal holidays. Transportation Metro: Dupont Circle (Q St. exit) Phone 202/785-2040 Prices Free admission Web site Anderson House
A visit to Anderson House is about marveling over the palatial architecture and interior design (love the ballroom), and the display of artwork—from Flemish tapestries to Asian and European paintings and antiquities to Revolutionary War artifacts. A bit of background: This limestone-veneered Italianate mansion, fronted by twin arches and a Corinthian-columned portico, was built between 1902 and 1905. Its original owners were career diplomat Larz Anderson III, who served as ambassador to Japan in 1912 and 1913, and his wife, heiress and philanthropist Isabel Weld Perkins, who as a Red Cross volunteer cared for the dying and wounded in France and Belgium during World War I, and who authored at least 40 books. The couple traveled a lot and filled their home with beautiful purchases from those journeys. Larz and Isabel were popular hosts in the capital and counted presidents and foreign dignitaries among their guests. Upon Larz’s death in 1937, Isabel donated the house to the Society of the Cincinnati, and it has served ever since as headquarters and museum for the Society, founded in 1783 for descendants of Revolutionary War army officers. Anderson’s great-grandfather was a founder and George Washington the organization’s first president-general. Anderson House hosts exhibits, concerts, and lectures throughout the year; all are free and open to the public.
Map2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
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