I've lived in DC for years and never knew this museum existed. The Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium organized an open house walk weekend so I walked in. What a gem! Built in 1842, this 4 story house on New Hampshire is on the National Register of Historic Places and almost overwhelms with its Victorian and German decoration The owner was a German immigrant and local brewer who bought many works from Germany and brought German craftsmen in to do elaborate wood carvings all over the house. Each room has a card explaining the basics of the room and the major pieces of furniture, art or decoration. Because his brewery had suffered fires, Heurich built his house of reinforced steel and concrete to be fireproof. None of the 15 fireplaces has ever been used because he also installed innovative plumbing and heating. There is a small, enclosed garden out back where the former carriage house stands.
The house is open Thursday to Saturday and only to small groups led by Docents, so it's advisable to reserve ahead of time. Well worth it.
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