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The history of the female artist is a sub-theme in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which houses the works of women artists from the 16th Century to the present. The comfortable mid-range scale of the museum is ideal for leisurely viewing of the permanent and visiting exhibitions. Painting and sculpture are nicely balanced with the decorative arts and photography.
The L. Ron Hubbard House, which is also known as the Original Founding Church of Scientology, is perched between embassies on Washington DC's famous Embassy Row. L. Ron Hubbard, the author and founder of Scientology, turned this building into the first Founding Church back in 1955. Today, visitors can learn about this creative individual, and the religion he founded, through exhibits and tours that explore the building.
The Phillips Collection retains the 19th-century grandeur enjoyed by the Phillips family. The collection was opened to the public in 1918 while the family was still living in the home. The collection displays mostly 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings. Significant works by Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Bonnard and Klee are on display. One can browse at leisure and perhaps, catch an art student working on a sketch. A cafe is also on site.
This palatial townhouse on Embassy Row is a showpiece of the collections, interests, and lavish decor of Ambassador Lars Anderson and his heiress wife, Isabel. Housing an exhibit of revolutionary artifacts, the museum also offers some quirkier displays such as murals of Anderson's favorite motorcar tours of the city. But the biggest draw is the decor, which, from the grand ballroom to the original furnishings, gives a clear sense of the life and times of people during this period. Free chamber recitals are performed weekly.
The monumental cornerstone of the United States presidency, the White House is the formal abode and headquarters of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, this gleaming neoclassical structure was originally referred to as the Presidential Mansion, before Theodore Roosevelt lovingly bestowed upon it the moniker of 'White House' - a name that would go on to signify not only the physical structure, but the entire collective unit that comprised of the President and his advisers. While John Adams was the first incumbent of this official home, several leaders that followed added their own elements to its interiors, the most noteworthy being the comprehensive redecoration carried out by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, wife of erstwhile President John F. Kennedy. Today, the central building of the White House comprises of the Executive Residence, while the rest of this colossal structure consists of a total of 132 rooms, a tennis court, a putting green, 35 bathrooms, a cinema and a bowling alley named after Harry S. Truman.
Standing tall despite its proximity to multistory office buildings, this smallish Gothic Revival church with bright red doors has been a fixture in downtown Washington. Before pavement replaced trees on G Street, Epiphany Church was a tiny hall of worship, then a hospital for Civil War wounded, then eventually was named as the District's Episcopal/Anglican Diocese. The church is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Epiphany and its lovely courtyard are open daily, and the church administers multiple services on Sunday (parking is free for worshipers). Small classical concerts are also held here on occasion.