The double wooden house on the top of Brickyard Hill is a Georgetown landmark and probably the oldest house in the waterfront area. It was built on what was known as Peter's Square, at some time prior to Robert Peter's death in 1806. The clapboarded…

Andrew Jackson Downing, designer of a romantic vision of the National Mall (not implemented) and the most romantic figure of nineteenth-century American design, wrote in 1850 of the need for truth in domestic architecture, that a country home reflect…

Large and distinguished Federal row house built in 1815-18 by Clement Smith. The house is 3 1/2 stories with raised basement, gable roof, and dormers. The facade incorporates Flemish bond brick with recessed panels above windows, fine portico with…

Holy Trinity Church, established in 1787, is now 3513 N Street NW. It was originally called "Georgetown Chapel" because of the uncertainty of the laws against erecting Catholic churches. It was founded by Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic…

Newton Diehl Baker, according to historian Harvey A. DeWeerd, was "one of the best Secretaries of War in our history." As Woodrow Wilson's War Minister from 1916 to 1921, he presided over America's mass mobilization of men and material in World War…

The Haw House was built in 1816-1817, and, like its next door neighbor at 2806, it reflects the typical Georgetown style of building. The house is 2-1/2 stories high with a raised basement. At the east end of the front facade is the entrance door…

Built in 1765 in the British colony of Maryland, the house was already 59 years old when the British invaded Washington, D.C. in 1814. Although it is preserved for its architecture today, it was originally preserved through a case of mistaken…

Tobacco was the lifeblood of the community of Georgetown when it was founded. Because of this, in 1745, a "Rolling House" for the inspection and trade of the crop was called for by the Maryland legislature. Completed in 1747, the Rolling House…

George Bomford was an army ordnance expert and the owner of the mansion Kalorama. In 1845, he constructed a cotton factory on the site of a 1832 flour mill which burned down the previous year. The factory was sold to Thomas Wilson in 1850, who…

Old North (shown above) is the oldest standing academic building on campus, built between 1794 and 1797. An 1829 Prospectus shows the North and South Buildings as the heart of Georgetown’s campus. The College appears to have had only two buildings,…