Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pmLocation:
Depart and return to Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Contact: Michele Endick
Guided Tour of the Decatur House on Lafayette Square
Completed in 1819, Decatur House was the first private residence constructed on Lafayette Square. It is one of only three remaining residential buildings in the US designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe who is also known for his architectural work on the Capitol and the White House. The house was designed for naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, who, with his wife, wished to establish themselves in Washington society. The house was purchased in 1871 by General and Mrs. Edward Fitzgerald Beale who made many modifications. Restorations attempted to return the Decatur house to its original architectural appearance. Overtly threatened with destruction three times in the past, Decatur House has served as an anchor in saving remaining historic buildings lining Lafayette Square. In 1956, Mrs. Marie Beale bequeathed Decatur House to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2010, the White House Historical Association entered into a co-stewardship agreement with the Trust, incorporating the Decatur House and its adjoining complex into the educational and research mission of the Association. Be sure to also view the interesting new exhibit: Blair House, The President’s Guest House.
Note: There are two flights of stairs; however, a small elevator is available for those who need to use it.
Fee: $14/ $10 J member (for bus transportation), additional $5 (cash only) fee for educational programming — give to our leader on the morning of the trip.
RSVP: Submit payment and registration form to the J, Attn: Michele Endick. Make check payable to JCCNV with “12/7” on memo line.