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The Perry Belmont House is possibly the finest, intact example of a Beaux Arts style mansion in Washington. The mansion was built by Perry and Jessie Belmont in 1906 when he was a Congressman and Ambassador to Spain for the specific purpose of entertaining Washington notables and dignitaries from all over the world. The couple entertained lavishly and had a staff of approximately 34 servants. They used the house from 1909 to 1925.
Currently the international headquarters for the Order of the Eastern Star, the building was designed by Eugene Sanson, a famous French architect who had designed many grand homes and chateaux in Europe. Many furnishings, including several Tiffany vases, oil paintings, Louis the 14th and 15th furniture, china and oriental rugs were included with the purchase of the mansion and are still on display for guests to enjoy. Chandeliers throughout are gold gilt and hung with hand-carved rock crystal drops – some with amethyst as well. There are eleven fireplaces, most with hand-carved marble mantles. All of the marble in the house was brought from Italy, all of the wood from Germany, and all the metal fixtures from France. The exterior decoration is reminiscent of 15th and 16th century French chateau architecture.
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- While there is metered street parking and several parking lots and garages near the building, space is limited, your best bet is using METRO.
Perry Belmont House
1618 New Hampshire Ave NW