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Georgetown's Tudor Place: Art, Architecture, and Landscapes in the New Republic

Daytime Program

Noon Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0036
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
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In 1816 the construction of Tudor Place was nearing completion while the President’s House, later called the White House, was under reconstruction following its burning by the British in the War of 1812. William Thornton, architect of the first U.S. Capitol, designed Tudor Place to be a grand estate overlooking the port of George Town for Martha Parke Custis, granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband Thomas Peter.

One of the country’s first National Historic Landmarks, the house has been called “the most architecturally significant early 19th century residence in Washington,” by the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts.

Tudor Place witnessed the struggles of an emerging Republic and subsequent events that continued to shape the nation. Six generations of the Peter family lived in the house, amassing a rich collection of over 15,000 objects, a significant archive, and an extensive rare book collection. The house and garden opened to the public in 1984.

Join Leslie L. Buhler, executive director from 2000 to 2015, for a broad look at the history, art, architecture, and garden of Tudor Place and a glimpse at such rare artifacts as one of three surviving letters from George to Martha Washington.

Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here (White House Historical Association), edited by Buhler and released to mark the 2016 bicentennial of Tudor Place, is available for sale.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.