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Decatur House

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Right across from the White House, this is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington DC and was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
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748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4912
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

The Decatur House was home to Stephen Decatur. He was an early American naval hero. He very likely would have become president had he not died in a duel. He was one of the most famous Americans in his day and yet we hear little...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019 via mobile

Decatur House is located on the northeast side of Lafayette Square near the White House. It was the site of many high end parties, gatherings, celebrations, and receptions in the inner circles of DC social life. But when Commodore Decatur died in a duel, his...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed June 18, 2019

Stephen Decatur, the Decatur for whom this house is named, was perhaps the first post-Revolutionary War American hero. Named after his father, a commodore who commanded warships during the Revolutionary War, Decatur himself joined the Navy at 19 as a midshipman. He served with distinction...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

If you have seen all the monuments, museums and capital hill then it is a nice historic house to visit. It is the closest house to the White House and was built in 1818.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

Make sure if you want to go to this museum, you go on a Monday. Unknowingly, it’s only open on Monday. There is a nice gift shop. It has a nice display of Presidential Christmas ornaments for sale. The most recent ornament is Eisenhower.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2018

We were invited to a Member Holiday Party for the White House Historical Association to be held in the historic Decatur House. What a beautiful setting for a holiday party! The house was decorated to the hilt. We were treated to light refreshments and holiday...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

This Building is on the fringes of the impressive Lafayette Square, with public entrances on H Street - just a short walking distance from the Farragut Square METRO Stations. It was originally a residential property, built in 1819 for American Naval Commodore, Stephen Decatur -...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Nice venue, attentive service and decent sized. I thought the Decatur House was a fairly delightful place fora wedding and reception. Located near the White House, historic and elegant.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018

This was the first private house to come up near the White House occupying nearly six acres of land. It was built by Commodore Decatur, an American war hero. He was subsequently killed in a duel with another officer. Many important persons lived in this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Decatur House is a very special venue for hosting an event with a bit of history. The sophisticated venue has a docent to tour your through the historic house during passed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There is a beautiful garden that on this particular evening...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from cstewartDallas | Reviewed this property |
It is handicap accessible. I don’t know the availability of handicap parking within close proximity. I’m sorry I could not be of more help.
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