Built by Mary Scott Townsend in 1899, the house features a Beaux Arts, French-inspired design. Townsend lived there until 1931, when she died. For a period of time before World War II, Sumner Welles (Franklin D. Roosevelt's Under Secretary of State) lived in the Townsend Mansion. The Cosmos Club, a private social club, bought the house in 1950, and continues to occupy the mansion.
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Nearest Transit: Dupont Circle (Red Line)
Townsend Mansion and Nearby Attractions on Map
Lincoln Memorial(2.5 km)
Overlooking the lawns and Reflecting Pool of the National Mall in Washington DC, the Lincoln Memorial is an awe-inspiring monument that honors the 16th President of the USA.
National Museum of American History(2.7 km)
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History showcases the social, political, cultural, and scientific heritage as well as economic and military history of the United States.
World War II Memorial(2.6 km)
The World War II Memorial in the National Mall commemorates the 16 million servicemen of the US armed forces who supported the country's World War II efforts.
Washington Monument(2.7 km)
Looming large over the entire National Mall, the Washington Monument is a soaring tribute to Founding Father and first President of the USA George Washington.
Declaration of Independence Memorial(2.4 km)
A little known memorial stands on the island in the Constitution Gardens Lake, dedicated to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
D.C. War Memorial(2 km)
The Mall's only local memorial, and the only memorial to WWI, is this small structure in the form of a Doric-style open-air temple serving as tribute to the 26,000 Washingtonians who served in the Great War.
National Museum of Natural History(3.1 km)
The real show stoppers here are the gargantuan, complete dinosaur fossils, and you won't have to search to find them! Further into the museum you'll find displays of world cultures, meteorites, mineral samples, and the evolution of life from beginnings to today.
Korean War Veterans Memorial(2.7 km)
Located in the West Potomac Park, the Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the 5.
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