Decatur House, Washington DC

Decatur House is a historic house museum at 748 Jackson Place in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. It is named after its first owner and occupant Stephen Decatur. The house (built, 1818) is located at the northwest corner 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, managed by the White House Historical Association.
Decatur 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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  • The Decatur House was home to Stephen Decatur. He was an early American naval hero. He very likely would have become president had he not died in a duel. He was one of the most famous Americans in his...  more »
  • Decatur House is located on the northeast side of Lafayette Square near the White House. It was the site of many high end parties, gatherings, celebrations, and receptions in the inner circles of DC s...  more »
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  • A wonderful place to have a wedding any function that requires Elegance and a clean safe environment I truly had a wonderful time there and the staff were very helpful
  • The historic mansion with many original pieces of furniture, art, wood floors with exceptional inlaid workmanship and crystal chandeliers, are exceptional. An interesting tour held only on Monday offers a wealth of information. The gift shop is small and worth exploring. St. John's Church (the Church of Presidents), the White House and the Renwick Gallery, are all within walking distance.
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