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Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site

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  • Sight Category: Museum

The Sewall-Belmont House, in the shadow of the Hart Senate Office Building and the US Supreme Court, was constructed in 1799 by the Sewall family. It was the home of US Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin from 1801-1813. In August 1814, when British troops invaded Washington, they set the house on fire because it was the only residence in the city to offer armed resistance. The mansion was later repaired and became the residence of a series of notable senators and Washington officials. In the early 20th century, the house became the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party, founded by suffragist Alice Paul in 1913. A Save America's Treasures grant helped to restore the exterior of the house. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1799/00/00 Daniel Carroll Owner Sewall-Belmont House is built on a tract of land originally granted to the 2nd Lord Baltimore by King Charles of England. After Washington was laid out Daniel Carroll bought a small parcel of land and later in 1799 sold the property to Robert Sewall.
1800/00/00 Robert Darnall I Home According to his tax records, Robert Sewall builds the main house in 1800. He attached it to a small one-room farmhouse believed by some experts to date from 1750.
1813/00/00 Albert Gallatin Home US Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin rents the Sewall home from 1801-1813
1814/08/24 Major-General Robert Ross British General In front of the Sewall house, a drunk man hiding in the garden shoots at General Ross, missing him but killing his horse. Ross orders his soldiers to burn the residence, but no great damage is done and the house will be repaired by 1820. Battle of Bladensburg
1887/12/20 John S Barbour Jr Work General Assembly elects John S Barbour for the US Senate. John Barbour lives at the Sewall home in the late 1880s.
1892/05/14 John S Barbour Jr Died Sitting US Senator, John S Barbour dies of heart failure in Washington, DC.

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Particulars for Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72001432
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: c 1800, 1820
Associated People: Gallatin,Albert
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Organizational

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