The Blair House was built in 1824 for Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Lowell, and sold in 1837 to real estate mogul, Francis Preston Blair and inherited by Montgomery Blair. The adjacent house was owned by the Robert E. Lee family. The U.S. government bought the Blair House in 1942, and has since used it as the official guest house for state visitors, at the insistence of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who was tired of running into Winston Churchill and other visitors roaming around the White House in the middle of the night. Today, the Blair house not only consists of the original townhouse, but includes the Lee House and two other adjacent townhouses. The total space of 70,000 sq ft exceeds that of the White House.
1651 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20503, USA
Nearest Transit: Union Station (Red Line)
Blair House and Nearby Attractions on Map
National Gallery of Art(2.3 km)
The staggering depth and breadth of the world-class collections here are a clear testament to U.
United States Capitol(1.7 km)
Nestled on a plateau in Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington DC, the Capitol is a power centre, home to the House of Representatives and the Senate.
National Air and Space Museum(2.5 km)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the world.
Supreme Court(1.4 km)
The awe-inspiring Neoclassical Supreme Court Building is the seat of the hallowed institution of the Supreme Court of the United States and the nerve center of the Judicial Branch of government.
Library of Congress(1.5 km)
Originally founded by the third President of the USA Thomas Jefferson, the Library of Congress has the largest collection of books in the world.
National Postal Museum(1 km)
The Smithsonian's own philatelist Shangri-La has one of the world's largest collections of rare stamps, as well as exhibitions of how mail has been delivered throughout history, and other ways that the mail shapes culture.
The Newseum is an interactive museum dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution - the free exercise of religion, speech, the press, peaceful assembly, and petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Mount Vernon Square(1.8 km)
This mammoth square, which causes all sorts of disastrous navigational problems for motorists unfamiliar with the intricacies of New York and Massachusetts Avenues, is dominated by one beautiful and similarly mammoth Beaux-Arts building at its center.
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