Friends Meeting House (Friends Meeting of Washington)

This meetinghouse was built specifically to serve Herbert Hoover, the first Quaker to be elected president, and his wife.

Built in 1930 and designed by Walter F. Price, the Washington Friends Meeting House is a Colonial Revival building decorated with Georgian elements, such as quoins and keystones, and Federal elements, including a pedimented round-arched doorway. The exterior building material is stone, the majority of which is Pennsylvania Foxcroft, laid in coursed rubble. 

The building is significant for its association with the lives of President and Mrs. Herbert C. Hoover. The primary motivation for constructing the meetinghouse was to provide services for Hoover, the first Quaker to be elected president of the United States. Mrs. Hoover played a key role in influencing the design of the meetinghouse. A secondary level of importance comes from the building's link with Mary Vaux Walcott, noted painter of wildflowers, geographer, and philanthropist. Mrs. Walcott, a close friend of the Hoovers, was an influential founder of the the Friends Meeting of Washington who personally raised the money for the purchase of a meetinghouse site.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)  
National Register: September 6, 1990



2111 Florida Avenue, NW