A palatial home that's a surprise even to many longtime Washingtonians, Anderson House isn't an embassy, though it does have a link to that world. Larz Anderson, a U.S. diplomat from 1891 to 1913 and his wife Isabel, an author and benefactress, traveled the world during their postings in England, Italy and Belgium, and in Larz's position as Ambassador to Japan. They filled their residence, which was completed for them in 1905, with an extensive collection of fine and decorative
art. Guided tours of the first and second floors, gorgeously furnished with the Andersons' eclectic collection of furniture, tapestries, paintings, sculpture, historic artifacts, and Asian art, reveal much about life in Gilded Age Washington. Anderson House is the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, a nonprofit and hereditary organization that promotes appreciation for the American Revolution, and also includes an exhibition gallery and research library.