Herbert Wadsworth House (Sulgrave Club)

The lavish Wadsworth House is a standing reminder of Washington high society at the turn of the 20th century.

Wadsworth House is a Grand Adamesque mansion, one of only two remaining on Dupont Circle. Built between 1900 and 1901, the house was the winter residence of millionaire gentleman farmer Herbert Wadsworth (1851-1927) from western New York, and his accomplished wife Martha Blow Wadsworth (1863-1934). Wadsworth House is an enduring reminder of the elegance of Washington society at the turn of the century and is the only known Washington work of noted Buffalo architect George Cary.

The facades are light yellow Roman brick with a cream-colored terra cotta trim. The house features eclectic interiors designed for entertaining include an Arts-and-Crafts entrance hall, Colonial Revival reception rooms, and a lavish Beaux-Arts ballroom. Originally the home included an "automobile room," serving as one of the city's first internal garages. The house was purchased by Sulgrave Club and remodeled in 1932 with designs from architect, Frederick Brooke.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: December 5, 1972



1801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW