Evans-Tibbs House

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Evans-Tibbs House
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Evans-Tibbs House is located in Washington, D.C.
Evans-Tibbs House
Location 1901 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′57″N 77°1′35″W / 38.91583°N 77.02639°W / 38.91583; -77.02639Coordinates: 38°54′57″N 77°1′35″W / 38.91583°N 77.02639°W / 38.91583; -77.02639
Built 1894
Architect R.E. Crump
Architectural style Late Victorian
Part of Greater U Street Historic District[2] (#93001129)
NRHP reference # 86003025 [1]
Added to NRHP September 8, 1987

The Evans-Tibbs House is an historic house in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It has been listed on the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites since 1985 and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It is a contributing property in the Greater U Street Historic District.

Lillian Evans Tibbs[edit]

The house was the residence of Lillian Evans Tibbs from 1904 to 1967. Performing under the stage name Madame Lillian Evanti, she was one of the first internationally acclaimed African American opera singers.[3] She was also the first African American to perform with an organized European opera company and she performed for Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. Tibbs served as a Goodwill Ambassador to South America, and in 1942 she helped establish the National Negro Opera Company.

After Tibb’s death her grandson, Thurlow Tibbs, Jr. lived in the house.[4] He established and operated an art gallery called the Evans-Tibbs Collection. Upon his death in 1997 the art collection was bequeathed to the Corcoran Gallery of Art; at that institution's dismantling the collection went to the National Gallery of Art.[5]


The structure is a two-story brick rowhouse designed by architect R.E. Crump. It was built in 1894; the decorative iron railings with stylized harps were added to the house in a 1932 renovation.[3]