Grande Dames of Embassy Row
Meet the women who personified a gilded era in Washington, D.C. History
Now a stately enclave of foreign chanceries and ambassadorial residences, Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row originally was home to Washington’s Gilded Age elite. Grande dames were the engines that powered the mansions and social clubs of this and subsequent eras.
See the homes and hear the stories of remarkable women such as:
- Cissy Patterson, scion of a publishing fortune, became America’s first big-city female editor.
- Mabel Boardman turned Clara Barton’s American Red Cross into a humanitarian colossus.
- Evalyn Walsh McLean didn’t believe the curse of the Hope Diamond, until she lived it.
- Marjorie Akers Phillips, an accomplished painter who with her husband Duncan, amassed an unparalleled art collection.
- Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson used her inheritance to aid Belgium refugees, support the American Red Cross, and fund the construction of Washington National Cathedral.
- And others!
The walk includes an opportunity to tour Anderson House, the mansion Isabel Anderson bequeathed to the Society of the Cincinnati for its national headquarters.
Saturday March 12, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
$35 per person