Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1818, this historic home was the first and last private residence in Lafayette Square
Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1818, this historic home was the first and last private residence in Lafayette Square. The Decatur House is an excellent example of Federal-style architecture, featuring the only preserved urban slave quarters in DC, and one of the only in existence nationwide. Standing for 200 years, Decatur House is a testament to the complex history of the capital city.
The Decatur House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and home to the White House Historical Association, founded in 1961 by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to protect, preserve, and provide public access to the history of the Executive Mansion. The site offers tours of the Decatur House, private event rental facilities, and the White House History Shop. Additionally, the White House Historical Association hosts events throughout the year, such as lectures and symposiums on White House history, book signings, and a summer concert series, Jazz on Jackson Place.
To learn more about renting The Decatur House for your private event or wedding, visit: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/decatur-house
To learn more about upcoming events, plan a tour, or visit the White House History Shop, visit: https://www.whitehousehistory.org/