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“Gilded Age Splendor”
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Anderson House
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #88 of 430 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the Society of the Cincinnati's historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society's home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple's art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Gilded Age Splendor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2007

This is one of my favorite places to take out of town guests. Although I've been here at least 15 times in the last couple of years, I'm always blown away by the architecture and art. This Beaux Arts mansion is now home to the Society of the Cincinnati, a patriotic fraternal organization, and there are exhibitions about the American Revolution, etc. But to me the house itself, as envisioned by the Andersons (a diplomat and his writer/heiress wife) is the show-stopper. The entire house is of the highest quality. The two storey stair hall in marble features a painting depicting the wedding of a Venetian Doge- and is huge! The marble inlayed floor in orange and white in the second floor hall is stunning; tapestries in the French style sitting room are a feast for the eyes; and marvelous hand-carved woodwork in the dining room will make your mouth fall open, not to mention the ornate plaster work throughout the house. But my favorite room is the ballroom, which is two stories and is crowned with two shimmering crystal chandeliers hanging from an extraordinary wooden coffered ceiling. Twisted marble pillars hold up a musicians' balcony, and you can imagine the parties once held here. The ballroom leads to a pretty garden arcade with sweetly painted birds and trellis work. Truly not to be missed if you want a taste of DC beyond the monuments!

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