Decatur House, Washington DC

Decatur House is a historic home in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, named after its first owner and occupant Stephen Decatur. The house (built, 1818) is located northwest of Lafayette Square, at the southwest corner of Jackson Place and H Street, near the White House. A museum, it now serves as the National Center for White House History, of the White House Historical Association.HistoryDecatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, D.C., and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by neoclassical architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, the Federal Style house is prominently located across Lafayette Square from the White House. It was successively home to Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren and Edward Livingston, who collectively made Decatur House the unofficial residence of the Secretary of State from 1827 to 1833, each renting the house while they served in that post.
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  • Had a good guided tour of this historic old house. The management and staff are very friendly, informative and helpful and the property is well taken care of as well. :)  more »
  • If you want to buy the White House Christmas ornaments, this is the place to get the real and authentic one, The place is also serves as the National Center for the White House history. If you do not ...  more »
  • In the rush to see the U.S Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the many museums and historical sites along the National Mall, the Decatur House is usual...  more »
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  • I am REALLY disappointed by Decatur house and the White House Historical Society. My father drove up from Suffolk, Va, and I checked several websites about the availability of tours at Decatur house, not once did I see that it stopped touring at 2 pm. I live in Fairfax and my father visits from time to time, I was excited to tour Decatur house, I even called and tried to check time availability, but couldn't reach a person. I didn't leave a message because only Lord knows when someone would get back to me. This is the digital age and I did all I could to find out when tours happened, my father even paid for parking. Furthermore, having the last tour of the day at 2 is ridiculous, the place opens at 11, that's not even 4 hours open! Many historical places were closed today, Monday, and Decatur house could have capitalized on that by staying open a little later. I'm sad that I won't get to experience the history and majesty of Decatur house but I don't plan on ever coming back to this place, it's really not visitor friendly.
  • The Decatur House is a very unique piece of D.C. history itself-- and it frequently hosts free exhibits featuring rare artefacts of American history; Also lots of free concerts-- like the weekly Jazz on Jackson series in the summer. Their gift shop is great too. And it's the only official place to purchase the annual White House Historical Association commemorative Christmas ornament.
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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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