Phillips Collection (Duncan Phillips House; Phillips Memorial Gallery)

Originally built as a private residence, this building now houses one of DC's finest modern art collections.

Designed by Hornblower and Marshall and built between 1896 and 1897 as a private home, the Phillips Collection is a late-19th century red brick building with brownstone and terra cotta trim. The house has several wings; particularly noteworthy is the handsome Renaissance Revival room added in 1907.

Today, Duncan Phillips' excellent collection of modern art and its sources are exhibited in a warm, intimate surrounding. A modern museum building, designed by Wyeth & King, was added in 1959-1960, and the more usual museum spaces of this building contrast with the domestically scaled exhibition galleries in the older building. The Phillips Collection was remodeled in 1989.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: August 14, 1973
Within Dupont Circle and Massachusetts Avenue Historic Districts



1612 21st Street, NW ~ he museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Sunday it is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Thursday there are extended hours from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.