General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters [National Register only]

This rowhouse was the first permanent headquarters for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

he house at 1734 N Street, NW, is located on a quiet residential street near Dupont Circle, an area developed in the 1870's as wealthy Washingtonians built opulent homes. Although most of the buildings are now used as offices, these elegant Victorian mansions were originally private homes. The house at 1734 N Street, NW was built by Rear Admiral William Radford in 1875 when he retired from the U.S. Navy.

Founded in 1890, the Federation moved to this building in 1922, when it became involved in conservation projects and community programs.At either side of the building entrance were offices which housed the
legislative, research and distribution headquarters of the organization. Behind the offices were the kitchens, the pantry, and the housekeeper's office. The second
floor had a music room and conservatory which opened out into a formal garden. There was also a white-paneled dining room, a reception room with fireplace, a library, and a sixty-foot lounge. The upper floors were equipped with sixteen bedrooms, six baths and a large sitting room which was at the disposal of visiting GFWC members. This main building has never been altered structurally, but it has been redecorated several times during the GFWC's occupancy.

NHL designation and National Register listing, December 4, 1991

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