Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Cosmos Club

The Cosmos Club is at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, in the heart of Embassy Row.  The building is referred to as the Townsend Mansion, after the original owner, Mary Scott Townsend.  It is one of the grand large townhouses near Dupont Circle, built in 1900.  The townhouse is in the Beaux-Arts style, and was designed by […]

Third Church of Christ, Scientist

The Third Church of Christ, Scientist, at the corner of 16th and I St., was completed in 1970. It is of concrete, built in the Brutalist style by architect Araldo Cossutta, who worked with I.M. Pei. The concrete was poured on the spot, 60 feet tall in an octagonal shape with only one window. The […]

1754 U St. NW

1754 U St. was built in 1925, and is part of a row of townhouses on that block. Many of them, like this one, have the main entrance a half-story above ground level, with stairs up to a small landing with a short decorative wall on the street side.

The Church of the Pilgrims

The Church of the Pilgrims is at 22nd and P St. This is a side door on 22nd St. The Church of the Pilgrims was founded in 1903, and the church was built in 1928. The church describes its original purpose as “intended as a home away from home for southern Presbyterian men and women […]


The Goethe-Institut at 7th and I St. is a center for German culture.  Their glass doors feature posters for their programs, like this one for their Damage Control film series, in conjunction with the Hirshhorn Museum’s Damage Control exhibit. It is an old red brick building, remodeled into offices.  The Goethe-Institut moved in to the […]