Sulgrave Club

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Sulgrave Club
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Sulgrave Club is located in Central Washington, D.C.
Sulgrave Club
Location 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′34″N 77°2′32″W / 38.90944°N 77.04222°W / 38.90944; -77.04222Coordinates: 38°54′34″N 77°2′32″W / 38.90944°N 77.04222°W / 38.90944; -77.04222
Area less than one acre
Built 1900
Architect Frederick H. Brooke
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference # 72001434[1]
Added to NRHP December 5, 1972

The Sulgrave Club is a private club located at 1801 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C., United States.

Wadsworth House[edit]

Built in 1900 for Herbert and Martha Blow Wadsworth as a winter residence,[2] the building was completed under the name of Wadsworth House.[3] Herbert Wadsworth was the grandson of James Wadsworth (of Geneseo). Martha Blow Wadsworth was from St. Louis, Missouri and a descendant of Henry Taylor Blow. In 1918 the Wadsworths donated the mansion to the Red Cross, who sold it to Mabel Thorp Boardman and a group of women in 1932,[4] for $125,000.[5] The women renamed it the Sulgrave Club, a club intended for music, art and social gatherings.[3] The new club's name came from Sulgrave, the civil parish in Northamptonshire, England that had been the ancestral family home of George Washington.


The Sulgrave Club was designed by Frederick H. Brooke[6] in a Beaux-Arts design from the 18th century.[7] It is one of Washington’s first mansions to follow this style of architecture.[8] The house was built of yellow Roman brick and cream terra cotta.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Washington D.C., Walking Tour at National Geographic Traveler. Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Official Sulgrave club website – Sulgrave club information Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  4. ^ ‘’Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: Washington, Part 3’’, by Alzina Stone Dale; iUniverse, 2004 ISBN 0595307159/ISBN 9780595307159 Page 145. Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Official Sulgrave Club website – Club History. Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  6. ^ ’’Washington, D.C. from A to Z: The Look-Up Source to Everything to See & Do in the Nation's Capital‘’ by Paul Wasserman, Don Hausrath. Capital Books, 2003 ISBN 1931868077/ISBN 9781931868075 Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  7. ^ Massachusetts Avenue Historic District. Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.
  8. ^ ‘’Washington, D.C. Off the Beaten Path, 4th: A Guide to Unique Places, Part 3’’, by William B. Whitman. Globe Pequot, 2007 ISBN 0762742178/ISBN 9780762742172 Page 157. Retrieved on August 18th, 2009.

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