White-Meyer House

Since its construction in 1910, the White-Meyer house has hosted many prominent figures from American history.

The White-Meyer House, located atop Meridian Hill, is an important element along Washington's famous Sixteenth Street, and is significant for its association with its occupants and the excellent revivalist architecture of the noted American architect John Russell Pope. It is a large-scaled forty room brick mansion that is surrounded by landscaped grounds. The building is three stories in height, seven bays wide and its third floor is recessed behind a brick and limestone parapet.

The White-Meyer House is so-named for original owner/builder Henry White and later owner Eugene Meyer and was designed and built between 1910 and 1912 for diplomat Henry White and his wife, Margaret Rutherford White upon his retirement as Ambassador to France after a successful 30-year diplomatic career. During White's time in the house, it hosted such luminaries as Georges Clemenceau, President Warren G. Harding, Lord Robert Cecil, and Henry Cabot Lodge. Following White's passing, the house was rented by Eugene Meyer during his term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933 and subsequently bought by Meyer from Henry White's son. During Meyer's time, the house saw more prominent guests, including Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, and Saul Alinsky.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: January 20, 1988
Within Meridian Hill Historic District



1624 Crescent Place, NW