Christ Church, Washington Parish (Christ Church Navy Yard)

Incorporated in 1794, Christ Church was the City's first Episcopal parish.

The first section of Christ Church was built in 1806-1807. Designed by architect Robert Alexander (but attributed to Benjamin Latrobe), the structure features a battlement facade, possibly copied from a pattern book. The simple interior has a flat cove ceiling and cast iron columns.

Christ Church is the mother church of Washington's Episcopal parish. For 175 years this church and its congregation have played an important role in the life of Capitol Hill, and several early presidents worshipped here.

One of its most prominent members was John Philip Sousa, who was baptized, confirmed, married and buried in Christ Church. Although it has been greatly altered and enlarged, it still retains elements of the original design. The architecture has evolved since its 1806-1807 construction, undergoing changes until the 1950s.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: May 25, 1969
Located within Capitol Hill Historic District



620 G Street, SE