Designed by Ogden Codman, a well known and respected New York and Boston architect of the turn of the century, the house was constructed in 1906- 1907 for Miss Martha Codman. The Codman-Davis House is a significant Washington residence of the turn of the century, noted for the formality and monumental exterior and interior design.
Still maintained in excellent condition, the house is a notable example of the Neo-classic Revival so popular among the rich at this time. This tasteful design is a well conceived composition based on late eighteenth century French domestic architecture built in the fashionable residential area of Dupont Circle, the mansion possesses an unusual forecourt paved in brick and enclosed by handsome iron gates.
The three occupants of the residence, namely Martha Codman, Dwight David, and the members of the Louise Home, contributed significantly to the cultural and social life of the District of Columbia. The architect of the house, Ogden Codman, was a socially prominent New York-Boston architect of the period, trained in Beaux-Arts architecture. The cultural history of the Codman-Davis House (Louise Home) remains as interesting as its noteworthy design. The residence was commissioned by Martha Codman (1856-1948), the heiress to a prominent Boston clipper ship family. During the spectacular age of elegance in Washington, 1870-1930, when the Nation's Capital became the winter Newport of America, hundreds of newly rich Western industrialists and miners as well as long established families from the northeastern seaboard built second houses in Washington.
Built 1906-07 (Ogden Codman, architect)
National Register: October 11, 1979
DC Inventory: June 7, 1979
Within Sheridan-Kalorama HD