The Woman's National Democratic Club at 1526 New Hampshire has a restrained dignity not often found in mansions built in Washington in the 1890' s. The bold contrast of the angular brick walls and the free flowing convex curves of the high roofs help to make this irregularly shaped structure a focal point of its street. This house, the successful solution of the problem of building on a difficult triangular lot, is probably the physical product of an architectural ideology similar to that which produced the "Shingle style" and the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
Little is known about the building's architect, Harvey.L. Page (1859-1934) but the restraint and fine craftsmanship of this building suggest that he as in sympathy with the more advanced architectural thought of. his day which favored integrity of materials, simplicity of form, and free flowing land rather than derivative Beaux Arts Classicism.
Although only the inside of the second story porch of the southwest facade has shingle cladding, 526 New Hampshire Avenue has the abstract dignity, free-flowing plan, covering roof, and some of the emphasis on flat, rarely interrupted surfaces associated with the Shingle Style. In its abstraction and use of materials, it also has an affinity with the architecture of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Built 1892-94 (Harvey L. Page, architect); addition 1966-67 (Nicholas Satterlee, architect)
National Register Listing: July 16, 1973
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
Located within the Dupont Circle Historic District