Collections

About our Collections

The Heurich House Museum preserves the Heurich family's historic Dupont Circle home, which is listed on the National Register and DC Inventory of Historic Sites, and has one of the most extensive local interior landmark designations in Washington, DC.  The mansion is notable for its extant technological innovations that include speaking tubes, pneumatic call bells, burglar alarm, and central vacuum system, as well as the interior construction that made it the first fireproof home in Washington, DC. 

The majority of the house’s original interiors, designed by German immigrant craftsmen, have been preserved. Today, the mansion’s 31-rooms still retain their hand-carved wood, fireplaces with individually carved mantels and cast bronze fire backs, as well as hand-painted ceiling canvases, stenciled and plastered wall treatments, extensive wood paneling, tile frescoed floors, and fine ironwork. Much of the original turn-of-the-century family-owned objects also remain, including furniture and personal belongings.

The Heurich family recorded their day-to-day life in journals, autobiographies, and photographs, which are retained in the museum’s archival collection. These artifacts recount a rich and fascinating family life that spans over 100 years, crosses oceans and continents, lives through two world wars and numerous others, and witnesses Washington, DC from the post-Civil War era through the 1950's.

 

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Research

The Heurich House Museum’s goal is to make its collections accessible to all. While we continue to process our collections, researchers may visit the archives upon request and subject to availability.