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The mission of Decatur House is to educate the public about American cultural and social history as it relates to the House, its location, architecture, preservation, and its occupants and their stories. We accomplish this mission through our collections, permanent and temporary exhibits, publications, tours and programs.
Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, DC, and one of only three remaining residential buildings 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 capital's most desirable addresses and home to many of our nation? s most prominent figures. Today, visitors hear compelling stories of this unique site, from elite socializing to a fatal duel to a slave's campaign for freedom.
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