The Foundation works to preserve the historic Whittemore House and its growing collection of art and antiques. Built in 1894 and listed in 1973 on the National Register of Historic Places, Phillip Johnson described the Whittemore House as “an architectural masterpiece.” It is open to the public as a museum.
The Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) bought Whittemore House in 1927 and it has since served as the WNDC’s clubhouse. It is also home to a broad range of programs and activities reflecting the interests and activities of its members.
The furnishings and collections reflect the changing role of women in public life. In addition to paintings, prints, sculptures, furniture, and decorative objects, the house is a repository of a unique collection concerning women’s political history—a trove for political historians and their researchers. The archives are a rich source of records, publications, photographs, political memorabilia, newspaper clippings, portraits, and audio and video tapes of some of the speaker programs and the library contains a collection of books on politics and speakers’ presentations.
The most recent preservation project was the renovation of the copper bay above the front door and the “greening” of the French doors to the garden. The Foundation is currently developing a multi-year plan to restore and preserve the Whittemore House and welcomes donations for that purpose.
The WNDC Educational Foundation works to preserve the historic Whittemore House, the home of women’s political activity in the nation’s capital for nearly 100 years.
Built in 1894 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whittemore House was described by Phillip Johnson as “an architectural masterpiece.” It is open to the public as a museum and has served as the clubhouse for the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) since 1927. Over the years, the Foundation has undertaken many projects to restore and preserve the building and its exquisite features. In August 2021, work began to repair the South Balcony with the support of several generous donors (right).
Unfortunately, the work soon revealed more extensive damage and the project has expanded to include damaged posts, beams (below) and a comprehensive assessment of the building.
Please consider helping us restore and preserve this beautiful building. You can donate at the links below or send checks to WNDC Educational Foundation, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
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