Decatur House

748 Jackson Pl., NW., Washington, District of Columbia


Historic American Buildings Survey John O. Brostrup, Photographer January 9, 1937 10:00 A. M. VIEW FROM NORTHEAST (front)

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street View 


Decatur is unique in this country: the work of a great architect Benjamin H. Latrobe, built for a great American naval commander Commodore Stephen Decatur, preserved the original drawings. This is s a set of circumstances impossible to equal elsewhere. However distinguished Decatur House may be historically, it is equally distinguished architecturally. Designed by Benjamin H. Latrobe, our first professional architect, it was built in 1810 on a site of great importance, a neighbor of the White House with ample fund s derived from Decatur's prize money. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-16)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1818; 1819

Update Log 

  • April 27, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 12, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER