In-person Tour: President Wilson House

Join us for an exclusive tour of the President Wilson House, home of Woodrow Wilson and his wife Edith after life in the White House.

Led by Bonnie Calhoun, this 75-minute guided tour offers insight into the Georgian Revival architecture of this historic Embassy Row house. Tour all five (5) floors of the home designed by Waddy Butler Wood in 1915. From the inner workings of the elevator to the elegant drawing room, "the best closets in Washington" and the gas-fired clothes dryer in the laundry room, every floor helps tell the story of how this house fits into the compendium of architecture in Washington, DC.

Note: no elevator access is available to the basement or 4th floor. You must be able to climb a flight of stairs to experience the full tour.

Presented by

Bonnie Calhoun, Tour Guide

Bonnie Calhoun has a Wellesley College BA and a Columbia University MA in History. She taught American and European History at the Honors and AP Level in high school for several years and has taken a particular interest in architecture in her travels to European and American cities.

About the President Wilson House

The Woodrow Wilson House, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, opened to the public as a museum in 1963. We preserve and steward the house, collections, landscapes, and its full and dynamic history, and use it to provide forward-thinking and inclusive discussion, programs, and community activities that are relevant to today’s social context.

We take our responsibilities seriously as stewards of this House. We share Wilson's legacy, including WWI, the League of Nations, and his vision for world peace, as we try to learn from regressive policies that institutionalized racism, segregation and the loss and obstruction of civil liberties. As historians, preservationists and educators, we are determined to share the truth of history, even when it is not complimentary to its subjects. An honest appraisal of history helps us understand ourselves as a nation and a people.

Health and Safety Guidelines

By registering for this tour, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to the House’s Visitor Rules: Proof of Vaccination with accompanying I.D. and masks will be required throughout the entirety of your visit.

This program is presented in association with Presidential Houses, an exhibition on view at the District Architecture Center from January 18 to March 23, 2022.