Exterior angle of house with traffic

photo by: Rodney Bailey

Historic Sites

Decatur House

  • Constructed: 1818
  • Architect: Benjamin Henry Latrobe
  • Location: Washington, DC

Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, D.C., and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. Completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, its distinguished neo-classical architecture and prominent location across from the White House made Decatur House one of the Capitol's most desirable addresses and home of many of the nation's most prominent figures.

“For nearly 200 years as our country has grown and evolved, the Decatur House has grown and evolved right along with it.”

First Lady Michelle Obama

In 2010, the White House Historical Association established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House. The center houses historical documentation, supports research efforts, and provides education programs related to the study and history of the White House.

Decatur House is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the White House Historical Association.

Decatur House is also a member of the National Trust's Distinctive Destinations program.

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