NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Sheridan/Kalorama, Lafayette Square, Architecturally Significant, Federal Government Employees, Also of Interest

Herbert Hoover
(August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964)

Embassy of Myanmar, 2300 S St. NW, Kalorama neighborhood..

The 31st President of the United States, Hoover achieved American and international prominence in humanitarian relief efforts in war-time Belgium, served as head of the US Food Administration during World War I, and United States Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. He served as U.S. President from 1928 to 1932. In 1947 President Truman appointed him to head the Hoover Commission.

He was the author of a three volume memoir Years of Adventure, 1874–1920 (1952), The Cabinet and the Presidency, 1920–1933 (1952), and The Great Depression, 1929–1941 (1952).


Also earlier home of Perle Mesta.

Architect: Appleton P. Clarke, Jr. Year: 1902
Also known as the Gales House, this Georgian Revival mansion is notable for its wide projecting central bay. This house, and the neighboring Myers House, were the site of Kalorama, the mansion once owned by poet and diplomat Joel Barlow, that gives the neighborhood its name.


The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayette Square neighborhood, DC.

Architect: James Hoban (with Benjamin H. Latrobe)
Year: 1803
Built of Aquia Creek sandstone, this 130-room Neoclassical mansion was largely destroyed by arson during the War of 1812, and reconstructed in 1817. Additions include the South Portico (1824), the North Portico (1829), the West Wing (1901), and the Oval Office (1909). In 1949, the inside was completely gutted to stabilize the building with steel framing. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in 1935. The mansion was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960.