Two grand houses were under construction in the young Federal City in 1816: one, the President’s House, undergoing reconstruction after it was burned by the British in 1814, and the other, Tudor Place, an elegant mansion rising on the heights above Georgetown. Little more than two miles apart, each survives as a national architectural landmark. The builders of Tudor Place were Thomas Peter and his wife Martha—Martha Washington’s granddaughter. While the White House is perhaps the most well known building in the world, Tudor Place remained a family home until 1983 and very private, although the Peters welcomed some of the nation’s foremost leaders as their guests and were themselves guests at the White House. Now a historic house and garden museum, the house remains as the Peters lived in it, preserving spaces and belongings of many eras while adapting their home and landscape to contemporary fashion and functions. This year, as Tudor Place celebrates its bicentennial, this lavishly illustrated book, the first definitive history of the house and its collection, takes us into the house to explore its rooms, gardens, archival collections, and such rare artifacts as one of only three surviving letters from George to Martha Washington.
Edited by Leslie L. Buhler
Introduction is written by Joseph Ellis
“The Custis-Peter Family of Georgetown” by Leslie L. Buhler
“An Architectural History of Tudor Place” by William C. Allen
“The Landscape of Tudor Place” by Patricia Marie O’Donnell
“Living at Tudor Place” by Erin Kuykenall and Leslie L. Buhler
Casebound with a dust jacket. 304 pages. 9 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches.
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Benjamin Franklin Awards: Gold Regional History
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