St. John's Church
St. John's Church
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Neighborhood: Connecticut Ave/ K Street
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  • Farragut West • 4 min walk
  • McPherson Square • 5 min walk
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
St John’s Episcopal Church – Washington DC

During a May business trip to DC, I had time to spend at St John’s Episcopal Church at 1525 H Street NW, and across from the Hay-Adams Hotel, and Lafayette Square – separating it from the White House.

Though I had walked past it many times, other than giving the lovely structure a cursory look, I had never really paid a lot of attention to St John’s. However, that changed after reading a spy thriller, with the ending set in St John’s, and a tunnel, leading from it, to the White House.

While I was not expecting to tour the mentioned tunnel, if it existed at all, my interest was piqued, so I spent part of a morning exploring St John’s.

Architecturally, it’s main building is lovely, and in keeping with the chapel, so is the administrative building, just behind it. Both are done in a Greek Revival Style.

As this visit was on a Sunday, with services inside, I kept mainly to walking the outside, and then quietly ducking inside, but only for a moment.

I will be returning on a weekday, and touring more of the interior – and maybe asking about any tunnels?
Written April 8, 2020
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
After visiting the Lafayette Square, I crossed H Street and visited this church. I was the only visitor during my visit so I took my time admiring its colorful stained-glass windows. There are ropes along both sides of the pews so sitting down here is not allowed.

It would be an interesting experience to attend service here! Wondered if the Trumps attend service here since I heard that former Presidents and their families used to attend service at this church.
Written September 21, 2019
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Karen V
Tampa, FL3,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
It's an Episcopal church that has been around since October 1816. There's a lot of history within this church. Every President since James Madison has attended this church at least one time while serving in office. Supposedly Madison's rented pew was actually Pew 28, but was later renumbered to Pew 54. It's now known as the President's Pew. However, Lincoln was known to sit in the last row (Pew 89) when he attended services there during the Civil War. He would arrive late and stay for most of the service, and then leave just before the service ended (to avoid attention). Also, it's interesting to note that the church bell in the steeple was cast by Paul Revere's son in 1822. I didn't know that while I was there.

The church is small, but it shouldn't be overlooked. It's worth a visit when visiting Lafayette Square.
Written June 3, 2018
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Lisa S S
Chicago, IL117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Small church, visited by many presidents. They had a noon music performance that I couldn't attend, but was there to listen to the musicians practicing. Be sure to view Lincoln's pew, located in the back right of the church.
Written April 19, 2016
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wherenextnc
Charlotte, NC113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Great intimate historical church with a wonderful staff. This is probably the most often missed great site in DC. Easy location and the only "reserved" pew markers are those for presidents
Written December 4, 2014
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drillerkc74
Chesley, Canada151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Yes it's a historical church, just like a million others. Go for a service. The rector is a very liberal Hispanic. Excellent sermons combining jesus and kindness to the unfortunate. Obviously an episcopal church is not for the ultra conservative. We have gone several times on our stay in dc and never seen a president. But people are friendly and we have stayed for 5 $ lunch after.
Written March 9, 2014
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Dennis P
Melbourne, Australia2,241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
I believe this is where President Obama attends church.

The church is quite close to the White House

Very simple, serene and contemplative interior . Commenced as a church in 1815 this is an extremely simple Protestant house of worship.

Worth a visit for its background alone

Written August 31, 2013
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A Beautiful Church - Church of the Presidents

I have visited St John’s Episcopal Church many times, as we often stay in that neighborhood.

On this March visit, we were just across the street, at the Hay-Adams Hotel, and I was glad that I visited again.

Besides being lovely, it is very historic, and worth the look around, regardless of one’s religion. Even though I am Jewish, and my wife a Catholic, this is a great church to visit.

Besides the unique history, it is lovely, and intimate, and well-worth the half-hour to explore

Unfortunately, I had no idea that rioters would set fire to this beautiful church, not too long after I visited it.
Written October 16, 2020
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PearlJamDC
Maryland535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Stopped in while on a stroll on a lovely December day in DC. The church was very welcoming. It is a small church and the service is very traditionally scripted. If you are into history, definitely stop in for a visit as it is across the White House. Nice to see a part of history still existing into the present day.
Written December 16, 2019
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC12,794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
The St. John's Church is located at the end of 16th Street and H just opposite to Lafayett Square. If you visit the White House and the President's Park, it is there. It is also known (in history) as Church of the Presidents. Many U.S. Presidents attended services here. Good looking church with good history to the Church and the U.S. as the country. Stop by for a few photos if you are in the area.
Written May 9, 2019
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