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City Tavern

  • Also Known As: Semmes' Tavern also Indian King also Columbian Inn also Georgetown Hotel

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The City Tavern, constructed in 1795-1796, is a rare surviving example of a federal period tavern building in Washington. From 1796 through the mid-19th century, the building provided a focus for community activity in Georgetown serving as a site of community meetings, business functions, and transportation. The City Tavern has undergone three major alterations including the filling in of the original carriage way after the Civil War, exposure of the basement portion of the building when M Street was lowered in the 1870s, and a major restoration of the property in 1961. Because the first two changes are common for Georgetown buildings and the latter was based on extensive documentation, none of the changes have affected the overall form and integrity of the building. - NRHP, 29 August 1991

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City Tavern


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1796/12/00 City Tavern is constructed between February 1795 and December 1796, Clement Sewall was tavernkeep from 1796 to c 1799
1800/06/06 John Adams Honorary President John Adams is honored at a banquet at Charles McLaughlin's Inn, where utmost harmony and conviviality prevail. Adams is in Georgetown to inspect the building of the new US capital.
1981/01/17 Ronald Reagan Honorary Ronald Reagan celebrates his upcoming inauguration at the City Tavern Club

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Particulars for City Tavern:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Architectural Style Federal Style
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Restaurant
Level of Significance State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 91001489
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Federal
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Entertainment-recreation, Commerce, Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1796
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel, Restaurant
Current Function: Social
Current Sub-Function: Clubhouse

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