Grace Church (Grace Protestant Episcopal Church)

Small Gothic Revival church housing the parish founded by Saint John’s Church in 1855 as a missionary church for canal boatmen and workers.

The "child" of two early existing Georgetown Episcopal Parishes, the Grace Parish was founded in 1855 as a mission church for boatmen and workers form the adjacent C&O Canal. With the financial support of District Governor Henry D. Cooke, the existing edifice was constructed in 1866-67; with major repairs in 1923 the structure has remained practically intact to this date.

Grace Parish is the only church in the waterfront area and this 103-year old structure remains practically unaltered from the time when the Port of Georgetown and the C&O Canal were the center of Washington's commercial life. While the architect is unknown, Grace Church bears a striking resemblance to the nearby Oak Hill Chapel designed by James Renwick in 1850.

Built: 1866‑67
Rectory built in 1895
Parish Hall built in 1898

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: May 6, 1971
Within Georgetown Historic District




1041 Wisconsin Avenue, NW