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“Very disheartened by condition”
Review of Anderson House

Anderson House
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #83 of 450 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the Society of the Cincinnati's historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society's home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple's art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I had read a glowing "ad" in a guide book, and reviews on this site, and was truly looking forward to a great visit. What I found was a once marvelous building in a rather shabby state of repair. With very few exceptions, every single piece of art pointed out to us was either broken, scratches, chipped, torn, dirty, or some how second rate. The overall condition of the many pieces was abysmal. I felt more like I was looking at a hoarder's leftovers than a first rate collector's treasures. To make a bad situation much worse, the tour "guide" (a fussy little man with obviously little to no art history training)was long winded, boring, misinformed, and kept giving his personal opinion about art, rather than fact based info. Several times during the very brief tour he tried to push/sell rental time of the facility," at $8000, for the space only, nothing included". We were disgusted and horrified by his overall ignorance and shabby presentation. He told us that since he "ran long" we should just hang around and try to make it up with the next tour. Really??! We bolted out of there, and thankfully were able to apologize to some foreign visitors about what just transpired inside. They were as stunned and confused as we were. Sad. I would most heartily recommend TUDOR PLACE or the DAR Museum instead.

Thank Jaxon C
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We enjoyed the head docent on our guided tour. She was filled with amazing historical references. Set the tone and gave us a reference and background for early 1900's Washington elite society. Seeing the Nat'l Cathedral, with the donated tapestries she mentioned, brought things to life for us. An enriching tour!

Thank COArtist
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I had never heard of the Society of the Cincinnati (for which Anderson House is the HQ) until, with two hours to kill in the Dupont Circle area of DC, I searched for nearby museums. A tour started about fifteen minutes after I arrived. The Anderson House is a great window into the opulent ideals of early 1900's Washington society. The tourguide was knowledgeable, providing a few interesting annecdotes. If you are a history buff, or just want to see something beyond the Smithsonian, this is a good choice. Since the house was given to the Society of the Cincinnati pretty much as it was lived in and used, it retains the period elements.

Thank Maineiaciass
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Being a member of the Society since 1966, I have a predisposition to give this a very positive review. This is an incredible place, the second most expensive house in Washington at the time it was built in the early 1900's. See the opulent live style of the wealthy before the income tax! The Andersons had a staff of 15 servants that made life pretty easy. Lars was a collector of all sorts of things including automobiles. He had so many that he built a seven-story garage with freight elevator to house them all. Since torn down, what was then the garage is now occupied by a hotel on P Street.

There is a world-class library in the basement housing a fabulous collection of 17th and 18th century military literature.

White-tie events for the members are frequent and loads of fun.

1  Thank JJ S
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

This is such an amazing attraction that is usually missed by most tourists. I cannot recommend the Anderson House highly enough. It is a fantastic place to visit, and you will learn a lot about the history of the city during your visit. The mansion is gorgeous, and when you are inside you definitely forget that you are in DC and not in Europe.

Thank amy s
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