George Watterston House

The Watterston House is a notable early 19th-century Capitol Hill townhouse that has retained its architectural integrity.

Constructed sometime between 1802 and 1819 and designed by architects Nicholas King and Nicholas Hedges, the George Watterston House is named for one of the Federal City's most distinguished citizens of the 19th century. Watterston, who held the post of Librarian of Congress from 1815 to 1829, took a major role in the political literary life of the capital city, founding civic organizations such as the Washington Monument Society. Watterston likely built the house himself and occupied it from approximately 1819 until his death in 1854. 

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: January 17, 1992



224 2nd Street, SE