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Decatur House


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1817/06/00 Benjamin H Latrobe Architect Benjamin Latrobe designs a residence for Stephen and Susan Decatur. "If the house should be occupied by a foreign Minister, I would also recommend the addition of a slight one story-room, for a servants hall." - BHL
1818/00/00 Stephen Decatur Home Decatur House built for Stephen Decatur Jr.
1820/03/20 Stephen Decatur Host After a one-week honeymoon, Commodore and Mrs Stephen Decatur honor Maria Hester and Samuel L Gouverneur with a reception at the Decatur House. Marriage of Maria Hester Monroe and Samuel Lawrence Gouverneur
1820/03/22 Stephen Decatur Died Stephen Decatur dies in the front room (left of the front entrance) of his Washington home. Barron and Decatur Duel
1822/01/00 Susan Decatur receives a $1,309.85 bill for erecting a building joining the House in President's Square. The 1st floor of the service wing contains a kitchen, dining room and laundry. The 2nd floor has 4 chambers designated as living quarters, 1821-1822.
1827/00/00 Henry Clay Home Secretary of State Henry Clay rents the Decatur House and brings enslaved people with him from Kentucky, including Charlotte Dupuy (or Dupee) and her family.
1831/00/00 Edward Livingston Home Edward Livingston moves into the Decatur House in 1831 and lives there as Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson until 1833
1836/00/00 John Gadsby Home John Gadsby buys the Decatur House moves with his family and at least 20 enslaved domestic servants into Decatur House. The Gadsby family will own the mansion for the next 35 years.
1840/00/00 John Gadsby Home The census records ten enslaved people and two free Black men are living at Decatur House.
1840/00/00 Adolphe Fourier de Bacourt Guest I went to an evening party at Mr Gadsby's,... He is an old wretch who has made his fortune in the slave trade,... I should make my government unpopular if I refused to associate with this kind of people. - Adolphe Fouirer de Bacourt
1851/00/00 Rep William Appleton Home William Appleton moves into the Decatur House. Mr Appleton will make this his home until 1857.
1872/00/00 Edward Fitzgerald Beale Home Edward F Beale purchases the Decatur House
1883/01/00 Ulysses S Grant Visitor Mr and Mrs grant visit the Beale's during their stay in Washington.
1902/00/00 Truxtun Beale, son of Mary Edwards Beale and General Edward Fitzgerald Beale, inherits Decatur House upon the death of his mother.
1956/00/00 Marie Oge Beale Benefactor Marie Oge Beale bequeaths the Decatur House to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Particulars for Decatur House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Federal Style
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

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Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000858
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Latrobe,Benjamin Henry
Architectural Style: Federal
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1818, 1819
Associated People: Decatur,Stephen,et al.
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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