Fodor's Expert Review Heurich House Museum
This opulent Romanesque Revival mansion, also known as the Brewmaster's Castle, was the home of Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who made his fortune in the beer business. Heurich's brewery was in Foggy Bottom, where the Kennedy Center stands today. During the late 19th century, he was the second-largest landowner and the largest private employer in the city. The building, a National Register of Historic Places landmark, is considered one of the most intact Victorian houses in the country, and all the furnishings were owned and used by the Heurichs. The interior is an eclectic gathering of plaster detailing, carved wooden doors, and painted ceilings. The downstairs Breakfast Room, which also served as Heurich's bierstube (or beer hall), is decorated like a Ratskeller and adorned with German sayings such as "A good drink makes old people young." Heurich must have taken proverbs seriously. He drank beer daily, had three wives, and lived to be 102.