The L. Ron Hubbard House, Washington DC

The L. Ron Hubbard House, also known as the Original Founding Church of Scientology, is a writer's house museum and former Scientology church located at 1812 19th Street NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., United States. The home served as the residence of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard from 1955 until 1959, during which time he incorporated the Founding Church of Scientology and performed the first Scientology wedding. The building is a contributing property to the Dupont Circle Historic District, a neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The row of buildings located at 1810 -1820 19th Street NW was designed by local architectural firm Wood, Donn, & Deming for Arvine W. Johnston in 1904. Notable owners of the home during the early 20th century included United States Senators James K. Jones and Claude A. Swanson.
Hubbard purchased the home in 1955, the same year he organized the Founding Church which met at 1826 R Street NW from July 21, 1955 until 1959. The building later served as the home of the Academy of Scientology, previously located at 1845 R Street NW, and known as The Academy of Religious Arts and Sciences. Additional Scientology organizations once located at the L. Ron Hubbard House include the National Academy of American Psychology (NAAP).
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  • The tour guide was a fellow who began talking about his organization with falsehoods and some downright lies about the origins and timelines. When I asked him to clarify, he asked demanded more inform...  more »
  • I came here hoping to be inspired by freakish aliens and holistic troubadours, but I was severely disappointed! L. Ron, an old friend of mine would be greatly disappointed in the lack of attention to ...  more »
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  • An extremely interesting place even for a complete outsider to learn about the life of L Ron Hubbard and the history of scientology. You can get a private tour (for free) if you call ahead and I found the guide to be very knowledgeable. She was even willing to answer some of my more critical questions (although it was a clear advertisement for scientology). I think it's always worth checking out cultures or mindsets which differ from your own, and this house is one way to do that. It's not one of the more publicized exhibits in DC, but is definitely interesting.
  • The restoration and history on display is exquisite. Bill was charming and really have a personal touch to L. Ron Hubbard and the humble beginnings of Scientology. We intended to spend an hour going through the house museum and ended up being there for 3 1/2 hours. There is just so much of Mr. Hubbard's life chronicled here. I am told you can move through the whole museum in 20 minutes if you are short on time, but I highly recommend taking a longer tour.
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