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Tour: The Whittemore House

Built 1892 to 1894 by architect Harvey Page, Whittemore House is an example of the elegant mansions, many now embassies, built during the Gilded Age in Washington, DC. Home to the Woman’s National Democratic Club since 1927, the building has a kinship to the English Arts and Crafts movement and the American Shingle Style, moving away from the Beaux-arts style that dominated Washington architecture in the late 19th century.

Architect Philip Johnson described the Whittemore House as an architectural masterpiece, in part due to its design on a triangular lot in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Join docents as they discuss architecture, decorative objects, and the building’s history. Whittemore House provides an ideal meeting place to discuss issues affecting women throughout the world. After the tour, participants are invited to eat lunch at the café.

Presented by: Marcie Cohen, Michael Beidler, Carol Baer Mott, Charlotte Kroll, and Judy Hubbard

Organized by: Woman's National Democratic Club


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the comparisons and differences specific to the Whittemore House versus other former mansions turned embassies
  • Explore the design elements specific to the English Arts and Crafts movement and American Shingle Style;
  • Explain how being built on a triangular lot affects the design of the Whittemore House; and
  • Describe the role this site has on women’s issues in the District of Columbia and beyond.

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