Friday, January 16, 2009

an eye on washington 2

It is terribly distracting in Washington these days, so forgive me the delay in getting this to you. The second installment of the Washington neighborhood tour ~ Georgetown:

* Tudor Place Historic House and Garden ~ Designed by William Thornton, the first architect of the US Capitol, for Thomas Peter and his wife Martha Custis Peter (the granddaughter of Martha Washington). Set in the heart of Georgetown, the elegant neoclassical mansion was completed in 1816, and now houses many Washington family pieces once at Mount Vernon.

* Dumbarton House ~ A wonderful example of Federal architecture. The house was built for Joseph Nourse, who served as Register of the Treasury for the first six presidents of the United States.

* Dumbarton Oaks ~ This is probably one of my favorite places in Washington ~ a true sleeper of a museum. Federal-style mansion filled with Pre-Columbian and Byzantine art, gorgeous gardens, and a world-class research library (with a garden history collection that blows me away). Need I say more? Just be sure to set aside enough time to see it all.

* Old Stone House ~ Truth be told, it has been ages since I have been inside this sweet little house. Incongruously tucked in between the many shops and boutiques of Georgetown’s busy M Street, it one of the oldest known structures remaining in Washington (more here).

Stay tuned for the third installment next week...and a few other bits!

P.S. The above photograph is a detail of one of the gates to the Capitol grounds.

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