Townsend Mansion, Washington DC

Built by Mary Scott Townsend in 1899, the house features a Beaux Arts, French-inspired design.

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.
















About Townsend Mansion

 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008


Townsend Mansion and Nearby Sights on Map

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