Heurich House Mansion Christmas-Tour is full

At the turn of the 20th century, Dupont Circle and its grand avenues became a “place of wealth and fashion” — the center for great mansions and castles. Only a few of those homes have survived until today, and none are as intact as the Heurich House Museum.

Containing most of its original furnishings and decorations, the Heurich House’s rooms are snapshots of the late-Victorian era. They reflect the life of Christian Heurich, a self-made businessman who came to America with $200. As the owner of the Christian Heurich Brewing Company, he became the District’s second largest landowner and largest non-governmental employer. As the active manager of the company at his death in 1945 at the age of 102, he was also the world’s oldest brewer.

The house is a technological marvel, incorporating the most modern inventions of its day. Features include full indoor plumbing, circulating hot water heat, central vacuum system, venting skylight, elevator shaft, pneumatic and electric communication systems, and combination gas and electric lighting fixtures. To ensure the home’s safety, it was built out of reinforced steel and concrete and is completely fireproof. None of its 15 fireplaces has ever been used.

The interior of the house is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design.  The 31-rooms are replete with hand-carved wood, fireplaces with individually carved mantles and cast bronze fire backs, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxurious furnishings, and original turn-of-the-century Heurich family collections.

The house will be decked out for Christmas and we have a private tour, which lasts about an hour. We will then have lunch on Dupont Circle before we head to the O Street Mansion (which is a separate posting-do either or both).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really great! Very interesting.

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a really wonderful to meet members of this group, and of course, the house was grand!

    December 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got on line to pay for the tour:(. Just got home from work. If anyone is a cancellation please let me know and somehow I'll reimburse the $12 unless I can just pay it at the mansion. Rats. My own fault for delaying....................Maybe you can post where you are having lunch and I can catch lunch before the O Street Mansion. I'll hear about what I missed!!

    December 21, 2013

    • Tom

      I can be reached at [masked] or by phone at (434)[masked]

      December 21, 2013

    • Gail B.

      That's fine with me. Tricia, just show up. If you are there in time, you're in.

      December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I were going. I take all my out of towners here. It's a great house! Last of the great beer brewers in the area!

    December 20, 2013

  • Gail B.

    Sorry, that would be quarter after 10 for a 10:30 tour.

    December 18, 2013

  • Gail B.

    Hey everybody. We have a private tour and the museum will open about 10 minutes prior to our tour. We need to meet shortly before that out front so we are ready to go in at 10 off. PLEASE NOTE that if you are late and miss the beginning of the tour, you will not be permitted to join us. So err on the side of caution and be early!! We will go somewhere for lunch on the circle between this tour and the O Street Mansion for any who would like to join us.

    December 18, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Gail - Ken and I will be taking the tour, but will not be staying for lunch. We have company arriving from out of town.

    December 18, 2013

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