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Find Inspiration in WDC Historic Homes

Washington DC is home to a huge number of historic buildings, many of which are homes. Some of these homes have been turned into museums allowing visitors to wander through luxurious rooms and lavish gardens.

These estates also provide an excellent look into historical architectural styles such as Georgian, Victorian and Federal designs. If you have an older home ready to be returned to its former glory or want to add a touch of history to your remodeling project, a tour through any of the following Washington DC historical homes is sure to inspire.

Cedar Hill House – This National Historic site was home to Frederick Douglas for 17 years. As one of America’s most notable icons for human rights, this home has preserved the legacy of Douglas. Cedar Hill looks today just as it did at the time Douglas’s death in 1895. This Victorian-era home has elements of the national/folk style which was popular at the time.

Dumbarton House – This Federal-style home was built in 1800 is a classic example of how American home styles took it up a notch after the revolution. With a statelier air to the fine details of the home, and the grand gardens, this historical home is now owned and managed by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA). If you want to incorporate palatial windows, curved arches and recessed alcoves into your home Dumbarton is a must-see.

Mt Vernon Estate – George Washington’s home is one of the most well-known National Historical Landmarks around and was influenced by Palladian-style architecture. Inspired by the ancient Greeks and Romans, these homes are sprawling feats of construction. Mt Vernon boasts a colonnaded ‘corps de logis’, or main area of the home accented with dormers on the upper floor and a cupola with an incredible view.

Tudor Place Estate – Built in the early 1800s, this stately home is another example of the Federal style, with a colonnaded front rotunda and palatial windows. The original owner was Martha Washington’s grand daughter Martha Custis Peter, and currently contains over 8,000 household items dating from 1750s onward, and an early 19th century garden which has been restored to its original plans.

Woodrow Wilson House – A Revival Georgian-style home in the heart of DC, this house was built in 1915 and is where President Wilson spent his la days. A brick exterior and palatial style windows highlight the Georgian influences of the design. Some distinctive features include a marbled entryway with staircase, a classic element to any Revival Georgian home as well as a solarium, book-lined study and a butler’s pantry.

Learn more about these and other Washington DC Historic homes with this Top 10 List complied by TripSavvy and discover inspiring architectural styles. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, we stand ready to assist you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

Photo Attributions:
Dumbarton – By dbking – Flickr, CC BY 2.0,
Mt Vernon – By Martin Falbisoner – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Tudor Place – By Wknight94 talk – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Wilson hous e- By AgnosticPreachersKid – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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