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- Address: 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
- Hours: Guided Tours Thu-Friday 11:30am - 1:00pm, Sat 11:30am - 1:00pm & 2:30pm. No children under 10 permitted.
- Admission: $5.00
This distinctive 1892 Victorian home in Dupont Circle, the first fireproof building in the city, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Often referred to as the Brewmaster’s Castle, this ornate concrete and steel fortress was built and owned by the head of the Christian Heurich Brewing Company; this company ran from 1872-1956 and was once the largest employer in D.C.
Christian Heurich, a German immigrant, rose to prominence in D.C. society as a result of his company’s success, and this 31-room mansion was the major showplace of his wealth. State-of-the-art in its day, it features indoor plumbing, heated hot water, and an elevator. Its well-preserved interior is a microcosm of life in a late 19th-century Dupont Circle mansion, which at that time was the “it” address for the city’s rich and famous.
The house is only open to visitors via guided tour, arranged in advance. Only limited street parking is available near the house, but the Metrorail’s Dupont Circle station, serving the Red Line, is just a few blocks away.