Anderson House, Washington DC

Anderson House, also known as Larz Anderson House, is a Gilded Age mansion located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, on Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It now houses the Society of the Cincinnati's international headquarters and a research library on 17th and 18th century military and naval history and the art of war. It is also open to the public as a historic house museum about life in Washington in the early 20th century.
Anderson House was built between 1902 and 1905 as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel Weld Perkins, an author and American Red Cross volunteer. Architects Arthur Little and Herbert W.C. Browne of Boston, Massachusetts, designed the home in the Beaux-Arts style.
The Andersons used the house to entertain the social and political elite of America and abroad, as well as to showcase their collection of fine art and historic artifacts that the couple acquired in their extensive travels over the forty years of their marriage. The Andersons had no children. Following Larz Anderson's death in 1937, his widow donated the house and its contents to the Society of the Cincinnati, of which Larz Anderson had been a devoted member for more than forty years. The Society opened Anderson House as a museum in 1939. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was further designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.
See Anderson House and all Washington DC has to offer by arranging your trip with our Washington DC visit planning app .
Source
Create an itinerary including Anderson House
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Anderson House Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
149 reviews
Google
5.0
TripAdvisor
  • Great free visit and very informative guide. Former grand home of a US ambassador build at the beginning of the 1900s and used for entertaining and impressing foreign visitors. Art collect from around...  more »
  • Beautiful gilded age home with an interesting history involving the Cincinnati Society. The house contains most of its original furnishings and the tour guide was extremely knowledgable. The tour itse...  more »
Google
  • Beautiful architecture, decor and artifacts. The society of Cincinnati has done well in restoring the place. One feels like they are in a different place and time. The best way to get here is to use the metro, Dupont metro is 3 to5 mins walk away.
  • Must see for any history buff!
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Washington DC

View all >
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h

Museums in Washington DC

View all >
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h
3.8
Duration: 1​h

Hidden gems in Washington DC

4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Washington DC

3.4
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Washington DC

4.8
Duration: 30​min
4.5
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h
3.8
Duration: 1​h