Thomas Beall House (Newton D. Baker House)

Thomas Beall constructed this large Federal house, typical of Northeastern seacoast mansions, as an investment in about 1794. It was purchased by Major George Peter in 1811. From 1916 to 1920, it was the residence of Newton Diehl Baker who was one of the most distinguished Secretaries of War.

Newton Diehl Baker, according to historian Harvey A. DeWeerd, was "one of the best Secretaries of War in our history." As Woodrow Wilson's War Minister from 1916 to 1921, he presided over America's mass mobilization of men and material in World War I. In addition to his Cabinet duties, Baker, says his biographer Elting E. Morison, served as "one of Wilson's most trusted confidants and as much of an advisor as Wilson ever permitted anyone to be." A strong supporter of the President in the unsuccessful fight for the League of Nations, Baker, according to historian Daniel R. Beaver, "became a keeper of the Wilsonian conscience in foreign affairs in the twenties."

DC listing November 8, 1964
NHL designation (as Baker House) and NR listing December 8, 1976
within Georgetown HD



3017 N Street, NW