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Built in 1922, this fabulous Beaux-Arts mansion was constructed at the behest of Mary Foote Henderson upon the designs of George Oakley Totten as a residence for the Vice President of the United States and a memorial to her son. The mansion at 16th and Fuller was instead purchased by the Spanish Embassy and maintained as the official residence of the Spanish Ambassadors until the turn of the century. With its rich architectural details and elegant design, the mansion has come to be a popular landmark and has been revived as a cultural center. The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain hosts a vibrant and varied cultural program with a preference for Spanish themes, including film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, festivals, performances and more.
With cute boutiques, great restaurants, amazing nightlife spots, and tourist attractions like the African-American Civil War Memorial, U Street is a wonderful neighborhood in the city. A portion of this nine-block district is part of the larger Shaw District, but U Street is unique because it was once the cultural center for African Americans in the city and the area remains important to this day. U Street is known for its cultural vibe, you'll discover artistic murals lining the neighborhood as well as top jazz venues and theaters.
With its outdoor murals, funky shops and ethnic restaurants, Adams-Morgan is one of Washington's most ethnically diverse and fascinating neighborhoods. The diversity is evident in the menus of the restaurants which range from Ethiopian to Salvardoran cuisine. Visitors will also find hip bars and clubs, unusual shops and grocery stores, but it is the nightlife and dining scene that attracts most tourists. A mix of new immigrants, young urban professionals and intellectuals enjoy living in this neighborhood's 19th-century apartment buildings and row houses.
The African American Civil War Memorial is a landmark on Vermont Avenue. Built by Ed Hamilton, this 9-foot (2.7-meter) bronze sculpture is called The Spirit of Freedom. It honors the 209,145 lives of African-American servicemen lost during the Civil War. Walk along the curved wall to read the names of these brave soldiers and sailors.
The Washington Club was founded in 1891 for “literary purposes, mutual improvement and the promotion of social intercourse.” The Washington Club was the first women's organization to be included in the D.C. area. Men were not involved in the club until 1979. The Club's extensive library, one of its most well-known features, is a collection of books from its members, and many extraneous books have been donated to hospitals, schools, and the Library of Congress. The Club has changed location several times because of its growing size, eventually moving to its current location in 1951. The Club hosts many guest speakers that cover a wide range of interesting topics, as well as other events like Bridge Marathons and book discussions for the literary minds.