NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Dupont Circle, Architecturally Significant, Female, Society Hostesses

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
(February 13, 1884 - February 20, 1980)

2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC. Now the Washington Legal Foundation.

Longworth is the author of an autobiography, Crowded Hours (1933). The daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, Longworth married Congressman Nicholas Longworth and was a famous Washington socialite.

Known for her wild and unconventional ways, she gambled, smoked in public, and had extramarital affairs. Gossip columns of the times reported her antics: plunging into a swimming pool fully clothed, placing bets at the Benning Race Track, wearing a boa constrictor around her neck.

An embroidered sofa pillow in her home read: "If you haven't got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me."

Architect: Jules Henri de Sibour.
Year: 1881.
This mansion was originally built for the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Horace A. Taylor. Longworth lived here for over 70 years. This mansion, and the neighboring house, are now the headquarters of the Washington Legal Foundation.


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.