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Anderson House

Anderson House Review

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 was a U.S. diplomat from 1891 to 1913 and his career included postings to Japan and Belgium. Anderson and his heiress wife, Isabel, toured the world, buying art and artifacts that struck their fancy. They filled their residence, which was completed for them in 1905, with the loot of their travels. Visitors to Anderson House receive a guided tour of the first and second floors, gorgeously furnished with the Andersons' eclectic collection of furniture, tapestries, paintings, sculpture, historic artifacts, and Asian art, and will learn 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.

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  • Address: 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20008 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/785–2040
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 1–4
  • Website:
  • Metro Dupont Circle.
  • Location: Dupont Circle
Updated: 06-05-2013

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