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Anderson House, Washington DC

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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.
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  • A wonderful museum to stop in and tour while exploring the Embassy Row area. There was an exhibition about medical care and practices treating military soldiers during the Revolutionary War-very... 
    A wonderful museum to stop in and tour while exploring the Embassy Row area. There was an exhibition about medical care and practices treating military soldiers during the Revolutionary War-very...  more »
  • The house itself is a work of art that you don’t want to miss! There is no entrance fee but to see the house you have to take the guided tour (start 15 minutes after each hour and last about one... 
    The house itself is a work of art that you don’t want to miss! There is no entrance fee but to see the house you have to take the guided tour (start 15 minutes after each hour and last about one...  more »
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  • Walking into the Anderson House will take your breath away. This building exudes an unparalleled feeling of opulence and historic charm. Surrounded by the grand chandeliers, marble staircase, monumental ornate frames and reflecting pool, you will feel like royalty everywhere you turn. Every corner of this exquisite wedding venue makes for a perfect photo background.
  • Super interesting museum that works as an AMAZING wedding venue. The team is very responsive and works smoothly with all vendors to make the day run perfectly. We are so glad we found the Anderson House as an option for our wedding and that they were available.

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