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Tudor Place

City of Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Tudor Place [1,2]

Historic House, Museum and Gardens

An unusual, perhaps unique, execution of late Federal period architecture, designed by William Thornton, Tudor Place also possesses outstanding historical significance for its association with prominent nineteenth-century personages and its role as the center of nineteenth-century Georgetown social life, and its extensive archives documenting nearly two hundred years of upper class lifestyle. Having been continually owned by the Peter Family (until the death of Armstead Peter, III), Tudor Place, in addition, has a rare degree of integrity in terms of the building and grounds, and possessions (especially those associated with George and Martha Washington). The formal garden north of the house and the expansive lawn south of the house also reflect nearly two hundred years of American garden design.

In December 1966, the United States Department of the Interior accepted its first scenic easement under the Historic Sites Act of 1935, for Tudor Place. The Interior Department press release quoted the Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall: "Tudor Place is one the most historic structures in the Nation's Capital remaining in private ownership, and this easement will assure that its dignity and beauty will be preserved unimpaired for future generations. Mr. Peter's gift is, in fact, a gift to the nation." The press release went on to state that "for many years, the 18-room mansion was the center of Georgetown society where the great families of the neighborhood were entertained. Visiting guests from time to time included leaders of the Federalist Party, Lafayette, George Mason, and Robert E. Lee."

Tudor Place is located at 1644 Thirty-first Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

  1. Bill Lebovich, Architectural Historian, Tudor Place, Historic American Buildings Survey, [HABS No. DC-171], memory.loc.gov, accessed February, 2012.
  2. Tudor Place was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, NR#66000871.

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Street Names
31st Street NW