Hillandale-Main Residence and Gatehouse

  • Address: 3905 Mansion Ct, NW and 3905 Reservoir Rd, NW
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Hillandale, located at 3905 Mansion Court, NW, was built from 1922 to 1925, during an era when period houses were popular. Hillandale has been recognized as "one of America's last great residences." The original estate was sited north of Reservoir Road and west of 39th Street and included more than seventy acres of mature forests, meadows, and landscaped grounds. The present estate is located north of Reservoir Road, west of 39th Street, and east of Glover-Archbold Park. Today, five acres, which include the main residence, remain intact; the gatehouse, located on Reservoir Road is part of the designated estate. The buildings are representative of the rural Italian Renaissance Revival style and serve as unique examples of the style in Washington, DC The main residence at Hillandale is majestically perched atop a hill. The villa was designed with an irregular plan to suggest that the residence expanded over time. The architect, Josephine Wright Chapman, designed rooms, balconies, and second-story observation points to allow for sweeping views of the site. The buildings have a stucco finish, irregularly arranged casement windows, a limited amount of ornament, and terra cotta tile roofs. - NRHP Registration 11 December 1994



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Josephine Wright Chapman Architect
1922/00/00 Construction begins
1925/00/00 Anne Archbold Home Home from 1925 - 1968
1973/00/00 The Republic of France buys eight acres of the Hillandale estate from John Dana Archbold, Anne Archbold's son, for the purpose of constructing a chancery and residences.

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Particulars for Hillandale-Main Residence and Gatehouse:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Architectural Style Renaissance Revival
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 94001595
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Chapman, Josephine Wright
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Renaissance
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Social history, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Person, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1950-1974, 1925-1949, 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1922, 1924, 1967
Associated People: Archbold, Anne
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Secondary structure, Single dwelling
Current Function: Vacant, not in use, Domestic
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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