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The DACOR Bacon House Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1985 dedicated to diplomacy and dialogue in the conduct of foreign relations. The Foundation carries out educational programs including lectures and conferences, and publishes a newsletter to advance discussion and understanding of current international affairs.
In addition, the Foundation provides scholarships to persons pursuing careers in international affairs and maintains a library with materials regarding the conduct of the international relations in general and specifically about the United States Foreign Service.
Finally, the Foundation serves as the steward of the historic property now known as the DACOR Bacon House as a permanent facility where the above activities may be carried on by the Foundation and by other organizations with similar purposes.
The DACOR Bacon House is an historic house located at 1801 F St., NW in Washington, DC. Built in 1824-1825, the House has been owned by a small number of prominent Americans over the course of its 200 year history. The last owner, Virginia Murray Bacon, willed that the house would become a center to promote international dialogue and understanding and that a foundation be created to carry out this mission. She also willed that the National Trust for Historic Preservation hold an easement on the House’s exterior, to ensure its preservation. Finally, the House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The House is a four-story federal-style mansion located just two blocks from the White House and is one of the few remaining houses from the Capital’s early founding. It has significant architectural value as an example of early American homes. It is located within the area known as "the President’s Neighborhood" and is an important part of Washington’s founding and development.
Inside is a collection of fine and decorative arts from around the world. Some items within the collection date to the early period of the House's history while other items are donations from individuals who served on diplomatic missions in nations around the globe.
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