Mrs. Henderson’s Washington

Photo of Meridian Hill Park fountain, photo credit S Markos NPS

Join authors John DeFerrari and Douglas Peter Sefton for a tour of the elegant 16th Street, NW neighborhood of Meridian Hill as stamped by the visionary influences of wealthy socialite Mary Foote Henderson (1842-1931). Starting at the site of Henderson's enormous Romanesque Revival castle, the walk will explore the most notable mansions, embassies, apartment houses, and churches that still define Meridian Hill almost 100 years after Henderson’s passing.  Sites seen will include:  

  • the remains of Henderson Castle
  • The Envoy, the city’s most expensive apartment building when it opened in 1918
  • Warder-Totten House, torn down and reconstructed along 16th Street
  • All Souls Unitarian Church 

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John DeFerrari was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and has a lifelong passion for local history. In addition to penning the popular Streets of Washington blog, DeFerrari is also a trustee of the D.C. Preservation League and in that role actively works to preserve the historic built environment of the District of Columbia. He is the author of four books: Lost Washington, D.C. (2011), Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats (2013); Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. (2015); and Sixteenth Street NW: Washington, DC's Avenue of Ambitions (2022), co-authored with Douglas Peter Sefton.

D. Peter Sefton is a member of the D.C. Preservation League Board of Trustees and serves as the chair of the organization’s Landmarks Committee. He became actively involved in historic preservation in 2002 when he founded the “Victorian Secrets of Washington, DC” internet site to memorialize demolished buildings and publicize threats to vintage buildings of all types. In 2002, he also became active with the DC Preservation League, joining its Board of Trustees and becoming chair of its Landmarks committee in 2007. He has researched the history of many buildings in the course of preparing numerous nominations to the DC Inventory of Historic Sites and National Register of Historic Places. He recently co-authored Sixteenth Street NW: Washington, DC's Avenue of Ambitions (2022) with John DeFerrari.

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CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to twelve (12) participants.
  • Complimentary tickets available to members at the Patron level. Join here.
  • $30 discounted tickets available to members at the Friend level beginning on Saturday, May 7th. Join here.
  • $50 tickets available to the general public beginning on Saturday, May 14th. Subject to availability.

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Meet at the entrance to Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park located at 16th and W Streets, NW
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