Thursday, May 19, 2016
TIME: Meet at WNDC 10:30 am (share cab) or at Decatur House 10:55 am
(near Farragut West Metro Station)
PRICE: $15 Members, $20 Non-members
Tour and Optional No-Host Lunch, Cafe Soleil
EVENT TYPE: Tour
The Federal Style Decatur House, the first private residence built on Lafayette Square, is one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. It was completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife Susan, who lived there only 14 months. Successively home to Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, and Edward Livingston, it was the unofficial residence of the Secretary of State from 1827 to 1833. In 1836, John and Providence Gadsby moved into the house and built a two-story structure for their slaves at the back, one of the few extant urban slave quarters. Purchased in 1872 by Edward Fitzgerald Beale, the house was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1956. It is operated as a museum by the White House Historical Association.