The history of the house is present in every room, not as homage to the past, but as a celebration of its continuum: a reminder of its origins, its genius, and its distinction.

These restoration projects wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from our contributors.

The Townsend House

One of the jewels of Washington’s Embassy Row

The Townsend House is one of the jewels of Washington’s Embassy Row. Standing on a site of almost one acre at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue and flanked by gardens, the mansion is one of the great turn-of-the-century residences that give Massachusetts Avenue its stateliness.


Front Canopy of the Townsend House


Renovations Past - Present

The Warne Ballroom

Splendor Restored

Upon entering the Warne Ballroom, members and guests might be forgiven for thinking they have wandered into an antechamber of the palace at Versailles. 

Future Projects

  1. Gold Room and Madison Parlor structural repair, paneling and floor restoration
  2. Second Floor long gallery and Warne Ballroom pre-function, flooring, paneling and plaster restoration
  3. Library and reading room, flooring, trim and plaster restoration

Warne Ballroom Archway

Warne Ballroom Northwest View

Renovations 2012 - 2016

  • Ballroom Floor Restoration
  • Repairing Damaged Plasterwork
  • Wall and Ceiling Paint Full Restoration
  • Original Gilding Restoration
  • Fine Art Conservation
  • Chandeliers and Sconce Restoration and Recreation
  • Drapery Embroidery and Installation

Committed to preserving and protecting one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Beaux-Arts architecture and the historic setting in which it stands.

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