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Historic Buildings

Historic Buildings
Historic Buildings

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When Robert E. Lee left the Union army to lead the Confederate army, his sumptuous estate was converted into a cemetery – Arlington National Cemetery, and he was never able to return. His home, still on the grounds of the cemetery, has been maintained as a monument in honor to him and his family. When President Abraham Lincoln attended the theater one night in April of 1865, he was shot to death. Now the Ford Theater is open to the public for education as well as for theater presentations. These are just two examples of the wide range of historic buildings maintained and open for visitors in the DC area.

Washington DC | Historic Buildings

Arlington House
  • Arlington House
  • Arlington House, home of the famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee and his family, is located in the Arlington National Cemetery, 200 acres of which was originally owned by the Lee family.
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Capitol Building
  • Capitol Building
  • The majestic dome and Rotunda marking the heart of the U.S. Capitol Building not only symbolize the power of the legislative branch of the greatest democracy in the world, but also determine the...
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Dumbarton House
  • Dumbarton House
  • Built during the presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in Georgetown, the Dumbarton House is a stunning example of the Federal style, or "Adamesque" style of the architecture of the emerging republic. Originally the home of Joseph Nourse, the Register of the U.S.
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Ford's Theater
  • Ford's Theater
  • April 14, 1865 was Good Friday, six days since General Robert E. Lee had surrendered his troops at Appomatox Courthouse in Virginia. Washington was in a state of jubilation. President and Mrs. Lincoln were to attend the theater that night at Ford's, seeing the popular play Our American Cousin.
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John F. Kennedy Center
  • John F. Kennedy Center
  • Since its opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has established this performance venue as one of the premier in the U.S., hosting not only well-known national and international performers and artists but also promising new artists.
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Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate
  • Mount Vernon Estate is the family home of the nation's first president George Washington. Located along the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia, the grounds and home have been lovingly...
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Old Ebbitt Grill
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • The Old Ebbitt Grill is old, true: established in 1856, it has been serving presidents and has acted as popular watering hole for a myriad of political insiders, celebrities, and just plain DC residents. But nothing is "old" about its current brand of hospitality or food.
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Old Post Office Pavilion
  • Old Post Office Pavilion
  • In 1899, a magnificent stone structure was built in the notorious neighborhood known as Murder Bay between the White House and the United States Capitol.
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Old Stone House
  • Old Stone House
  • The Old Stone House in Georgetown is a chink in the curtain of modernity through which our past shines and illuminates our present.
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Sewall-Belmont House
  • Sewall-Belmont House
  • The home of Alice Paul, author of the Equal Rights Amendment who worked unceasingly for women's suffrage, the Sewall-Belmont House is a National Historic Landmark on Capitol Hill.
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Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court
  • Arising out of the despair of the Great Depression in 1935, the gleaming white Supreme Court building was heralded by many as a beacon of hope for a floundering nation.
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The Pentagon
  • The Pentagon
  • The five-sided, five-story Pentagon building is the headquarters for the Department of Defense and in every way, the operative adjective is "immense." Billed as being "virtually a city in itself,"...
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The Willard Hotel
  • The Willard Hotel
  • An elegant and historic fixture in Washington, the Willard Hotel has been hosting dignitaries and the rich and famous for more than 150 years. The hotel is centrally situated to the degree that it may seem as if it is a government building itself, two blocks east of the White House.
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Tudor Place
  • Tudor Place
  • Another historic home originally owned by a relative of George Washington, the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden was built in 1816 on land purchased with an $8,000 inheritance from George Washington to Martha Custis Peter, his granddaughter.
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U.S. Treasury Building
  • U.S. Treasury Building
  • The U.S. Treasury Building is the third oldest federally occupied building in Washington DC (after the Capitol and the White House). It houses the Department of the Treasury, a U.S. Cabinet department established in 1789 to manage government revenue.
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Union Station
  • Union Station
  • Most states in the United States boast at least one "Union Station" – a train station where two or more railway companies share tracks and amenities – though not all are still in use. But Washington D.C.'s Union Station is more than an amalgamation of train tracks.
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Washington National Cathedral
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Conceived in 1792 by Pierre l'Enfant as a "great church for national purposes," actual planning and construction of the National Cathedral didn't begin until a century later, and it was not until a...
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White House
  • White House
  • The White House, while planned by President George Washington and city architect Pierre l'Enfant, was never lived in by Washington, but has housed every single U.S. president since his successor John Adams moved in 1801.
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