Frances Perkins House

2326 California St., NW., Washington, District of Columbia


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From 1937 to 1940, this was the residence of Francis Perkins (1882-1965), who was the Nation's first female cabinet member. She served as Secretary of Labor (1932-1945) during the Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. During her long tenure, particularly in the pre-war New Deal years, Perkins was the prime mover on two pieces of legislation that are among the Democratic Party's most lasting achievements: the Social Security Act (Perkins chaired the committee which drafted the legislation), and the Fair Labor Standards Act, which created a minimum wage and restricted child labor nationwide. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1991
Reference number
NR name
Perkins, Frances, House
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Social History; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2018: New Street View added by Michael Miller