Friday, April 6, 2018

The Best Majestic Mansions and Historic Homes of Washington D.C.

by Brian Gate
Apr 4, 2018 - Despite people quickly jumping to conclusions that the historic homes in Washington D.C. may be (more than a little) stuck-in-time, the homes are actually works-in-progress. Studies are still being run, discoveries being uncovered with new pictures, new documents, new letters and even evidence that may change what we thought was 'absolutely right' about the house. That’s the work of the various historical societies and museums. Stepping into a historic home, hence, may feel less like walking into a place that is stuck in time. Instead, it’s the latest and closest interpretation of what the house or era used to be like. Even when you’re in Georgetown, where most of D.C.’s historic sites are located, what you assume to be relic may seem like they have recently received a new coat of paint.

Preservation and restoration efforts on the homes and museums in Washington D.C. is particularly important for those who love history, art, and politics. It’s a gateway to a bygone time that helped shape the people of this country. The vast array of homes-turned-museums in Washington D.C. provides an intimate look into the former homes of iconic leaders like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Clara Barton, Frederick Douglass and many more. Of course, one should not forget to make a charter bus trip to historic attractions like the National Mall, The White House, The Lindens and the Old Stone House. Most of the attractions are located in neighborhoods that are religiously preserved and have undergone little changes over the years except for imminent restorations, repairs, and additions of modern amenities like air-conditioning.  Because many of the homes were built before the Revolutionary War, taking a walk through them has a magnetic and spell-binding effect. 


1. The King Hooper Mansion a.k.a. The Lindens

8 Hooper St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3213
(781) 631-2608
Formerly built in Danvers, Massachusetts in 1754 by its first owner, Robert ‘King’ Hooper, the home was bought-over, taken down and then delivered piece-by-piece to the established, chic and elite neighborhood of Kalorama Heights in 1935. Since then, it’s made its way into the National Register of Historic Places.

The couple who later owned the property, George and Miriam Morris, ensured much of the original characteristics of the building remain untouched. It retains its historic features like the Hancock staircase and balustrades, beautiful prints of France lining up along the walls and its unique wood paneling. On top of running regular tours and housing art exhibitions, the mansion is also used by the Marblehead Arts Association as its headquarters and venue to host six galleries, art classes, and community events.


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