Built in the mid-19th century, the Scott-Grant House's main historical significance derives from its New Deal occupants and its earlier rentals by Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Henry Halleck. It is commonly accepted, but undocumented, that Grant used the house as a summer White House. During the New Deal, two of President Roosevelt's Brain Trust, Benjamin Cohen and Thomas Corcoran, rented the house for themselves and other young lawyers who drafted the New Deal legislation.
In the late 19th century, as Georgetown's merchants and shopowners prospered, they moved from their Federal-period rowhouses and an occasional free-standing house on the streets closest to the piers farther north to the heights of Georgetown. Many of the finest houses along Q and R Streets were built in the early 19th century and subsequently altered extensively in the late-19th century and early-20th century. One exception is Tudor Place, which retains its early-19th-century original appearance; another exception is the Scott-Grant House, which is later than many of the other great houses in Georgetown Heights and one of the few of architectural significance for its mid-19th-century appearance.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
Within Georgetown Historic District