James G. Blaine House

This house, with its terra cotta ornaments, was once one of a ring of grand mansions surrounding Dupont Circle.

Built from 1881 to 1882 and designed by architect John Fraser, this house was the residence of James G. Blaine until 1883. Blaine served as Secretary of State under Presidents Garfield and Harrison and later became the first President of the Pan-American Congress.

The house is the only surviving example of the large mansions, built during the late 1800s, that once ringed Dupont Circle. After Blaine, the other notable owner of the building was George Westinghouse, who bought the home in 1901 and resided there until his death in 1914.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
Within Dupont Circle and Massachusetts Avenue Historic Districts



2000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW