Arts Club of Washington (Cleveland Abbe House and General Robert MacFeely House)

The Arts Club of Washington comprises two historic homes from the nineteenth century.

The Arts Club of Washington encompasses two adjoining historic buildings: the Cleveland Abbe House (also known as the Timothy Caldwell House and Caldwell-Monroe House) at 2017 I Street NW and the General Robert MacFeely House at 2015 I Street NW. They retain social, architectural, and institutional significance. The Abbe House is a National Historic Landmark.

Both properties have been associated with distinguished figures in American political, military, and social history. Most notably, James Monroe lived at 2017 I Street while a Cabinet member in the Madison Administration. He then lived here for several months in 1817 while president — prior to moving into the White House. From 1877 to 1909, this Federal Style building was the home of Cleveland Abbe, a prominent meteorologist known as the father of the U.S. Weather Service.

Further, the Federal style Abbe House (constructed from 1802-06) and Victorian Eclectic style MacFeely House (c. 1860) are important examples of 19th century American architecture and design. Ownership by the Arts Club of Washington — which combined the homes in 1929 — has brought new significance to the property through association with an important Washington, DC cultural institution.

Cleveland Abbe House / Caldwell-Monroe House / Timothy Caldwell House (2017 I Street NW)

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: March 24, 1969
National Historic Landmark: May 15, 1975

General Robert MacFeely House (2015 I Street NW)

DC Inventory:
May 18, 1983
National Register: September 15, 1989



2015 I Street NW