Heurich House Museum

Heurich House Museum Historic Dupont Circle home of German immigrant and brewmaster Christian Heurich and family.
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The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and enriches the cultural life of Washington, DC. The mansion was built from 1892-94 by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). He and his family lived in their Dupont Circle home from its completion in 1894 until his wife’s death in 1956. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its fireproof construction, original interiors, and family collections. The museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, is open for regular public events and public tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Private tours and event rentals are also available. For more information, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.

ALL the deets...we’re sending our March newsletter out this weekend, and you don’t want to miss everything we have in st...
02/27/2020

ALL the deets...we’re sending our March newsletter out this weekend, and you don’t want to miss everything we have in store for you! Sign up: heurichhouse.org/join-our-email-list

Happening now: The Committee on Government Operations is holding a Performance Oversight Hearing on the Secretary of DC ...
02/26/2020
Op-Ed: Does the District of Columbia government value its own history?

Happening now: The Committee on Government Operations is holding a Performance Oversight Hearing on the Secretary of DC , the office that administers the DC Archives. We’re urging Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to complete work to preserve DC’s history by securing a new, permanent facility.

Read more about our work to SAVE the DC ARCHIVES in this new @730DC op-ed by our Executive Director, Kimberly Bender, and Neil Flanagan, Architect and Researcher, who is writing a book about the African-American Reno community in Tenleytown and the origins of urban planning in the District.

The administration’s neglect of DC’s Archival treasures suggests… no.

Flipping fantastic historic recipes for #internationalpancakeday 🥞  @ Heurich House Museum
02/25/2020

Flipping fantastic historic recipes for #internationalpancakeday 🥞 @ Heurich House Museum

‼️SAVE THE DC ARCHIVES‼️ Tomorrow at 9am, the Committee on Government Operations will hold a Performance Oversight Heari...
02/25/2020

‼️SAVE THE DC ARCHIVES‼️ Tomorrow at 9am, the Committee on Government Operations will hold a Performance Oversight Hearing on the @secretaryofdc, the office that administers the DC Archives. Show your support and add your name to our group letter urging the Mayor and DC Council to complete work to preserve the largest single resource for the District’s history by securing a new, permanent facility for the DC Archives. Sign the letter: bit.ly/SavetheDCArchives

You never know what lurks down the stairs... 👀➡️
02/19/2020

You never know what lurks down the stairs... 👀➡️

106 years ago this week, Christian and Amelia Heurich were 2 of the 12 people invited to the laying of the first stone o...
02/17/2020

106 years ago this week, Christian and Amelia Heurich were 2 of the 12 people invited to the laying of the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial was dedicated in an official ceremony on May 30, 1922 by Robert Todd Lincoln, William Taft (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court), and President Warren G. Harding. #PresidentsDay #HHMDetails #AsToldByAmelia

The house was built with a state-of-the-art ventilation system, which drew in fresh air from holes under the windows and...
02/15/2020

The house was built with a state-of-the-art ventilation system, which drew in fresh air from holes under the windows and then let out exhaust through vents in the lower portions of the walls. This system created great circulation throughout the house. The doors to the bedrooms on the second and third floor also had transom windows over them to increase circulation on hot summer nights. #HHMDetails

A house full of love… both Anita and Karla Heurich, daughters of Christian and Amelia Heurich, were married in the house...
02/14/2020

A house full of love… both Anita and Karla Heurich, daughters of Christian and Amelia Heurich, were married in the house. #ValentinesDay ♥️
@ Heurich House Museum

Woven through Christian Heurich’s life were many others searching for their way in America and whose paths, while differ...
02/14/2020

Woven through Christian Heurich’s life were many others searching for their way in America and whose paths, while different, were no less rich: the tradesmen who worked in the brewery, designers and artisans who built his home and business, his wives, and the family’s servants. Under its new mission, the museum will focus on the stories of the people who live alongside Heurich and were key to his success. This commemorative Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. basketball charm from the 1937 Heurich cup was acquired in 2019 from the son of a brewery worker. #HHMDetails

Several new items have recently found their way into our expanding collection via collectors and donors, including Heuri...
02/12/2020

Several new items have recently found their way into our expanding collection via collectors and donors, including Heurich family members and descendants of brewery workers. Our most recent item is this brown leather bifold wallet with Christian Heurich, Sr. embossed on the inside right flap, and an identification card in the window on the left flap for "Mrs. Christian Heurich" listing Chris Jr. as her emergency contact. (Gift of Ivy Barnett - granddaughter of Anita Heurich, Christian Sr. and Ameila Heurich’s Daughter, Acquired 2020) #HHMDetails ⁣

Do you have a connection to the Heurich mansion, family, or brewery? An object, story, photo, memory? We’d love to know! Please contact our Collections Manager, Allison LaCroix, at [email protected].⁣

And don’t forget, follow #HHMDetails to get a behind the scenes look at the house and collection. ⁣

@ Heurich House Museum

Tonight is #FirstFriday - Dupont’s free monthly art walk. Our first floor and bar will be open from 6-8pm. ⁣⁣Tonight, we...
02/07/2020

Tonight is #FirstFriday - Dupont’s free monthly art walk. Our first floor and bar will be open from 6-8pm. ⁣

Tonight, we’ll have a way for you to win a free beer at @1921sun (our Castle Garden happy hour escape) this Spring… ⁣

This FRIDAY our doors will be open as part of Dupont’s First Friday celebration. On the first Friday of each month, muse...
02/05/2020

This FRIDAY our doors will be open as part of Dupont’s First Friday celebration. On the first Friday of each month, museums, galleries, restaurants, and shops are open for a free self-guided art walk around the neighborhood. Visit www.firstfridaydupont.org for a full list of participating locations.⁣

The museum’s first floor will be open for visitors to tour and the Castle Garden will be open to enjoy, weather permitting. Local beer and snacks will be available for purchase.⁣

6 more week of winter! This morning our Dupont community celebrated #GroundhogDay where #PotomacPhil saw his shadow. See...
02/02/2020

6 more week of winter! This morning our Dupont community celebrated #GroundhogDay where #PotomacPhil saw his shadow. Seen here are two paintings from our exhibit “Scenes from the Dupont Festival”, which highlights work from artists in residence at Art Enables, of the annual celebration. ⁣


More about the exhibit:⁣
“Scenes from the Dupont Festival” highlights the work of artists in residence from Art Enables, a DC-based Art Gallery and Vocational Arts program dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities, showcase an array of visual interpretations of historic Dupont Circle.

Dupont Festival
Dupont Circle Business Improvement District

||Vendor applications for Christkindlmart are now OPEN|| We need your help! Are you a local DC, MD, VA maker? Have a fav...
02/01/2020

||Vendor applications for Christkindlmart are now OPEN||

We need your help! Are you a local DC, MD, VA maker? Have a fav local artisan who hasn't been featured at Christkindlmarkt before? Tweet us back!

Application: heurichhouse.org/ckm

A view from the dining room straight through to the front parlor reveals the first floor open plan organization. This pl...
01/30/2020

A view from the dining room straight through to the front parlor reveals the first floor open plan organization. This plan was popularized during the late Victorian period as a contrast to the American Colonial design, in which individual rooms branch off from a central hallway. The open plan design was fueled by growing concerns of air quality and hygiene as well as heavily encouraged by publications like House Beautiful and The American Woman’s Home. #HHMDetails

Today, we visited the newly reopened Carnegie Library, home to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., an organizati...
01/29/2020

Today, we visited the newly reopened Carnegie Library, home to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., an organization whose history is tied directly to ours. In 1955, Amelia Heurich deeded the Heurich House and grounds to the Columbia Historical Society, and they took over the space upon her death the following year. In 1989, the Columbia Historical Society changed its name. In 2003, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. moved to the Carnegie Library and sold the Heurich property to a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization called Heurich House Foundation, created by Christian Heurich’s grandchildren, which still operates the Heurich House Museum today. Last year, the Historical Society opened the DC History Center in the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. The DC History Center includes a remodeled Kiplinger Research Library, three exhibit spaces, and a new DC History Center Store. The DC History Center shares the building with Washington’s newest Apple store. @ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

The discovery of germ theory in the 1880s made Victorians particularly concerned with cleanliness, and the kitchen playe...
01/28/2020

The discovery of germ theory in the 1880s made Victorians particularly concerned with cleanliness, and the kitchen played a major role. The Heurichs selected white ceramic tiling , and the original flooring can be seen on the walls and below the existing asphalt floor tiles. Amelia Heurich was concerned with adequate food preparation during the Heurichs’ constant travels; she particularly mistrusted the food at European inns and taverns. Consequently, she and her servants canned and otherwise prepared food for the family to take on their vacations. Innovations in technology towards the first half of the twentieth century, however, made food preparation simpler and faster than ever before. The distribution of electric appliances in the 1930s ensured that many homes had iceboxes and gas stoves. The house’s original cast iron stove was replaced with a modern range in the 1930s. The Heurichs attended the 1939 New York World’s Fair, where they purchased the wall- length kitchen cabinets seen against the kitchen’s back wall. #HHMDetails @ Heurich House Museum

Victorian decoration and interior design is often referred to as a period of revivals. The Dining Room is a rare example...
01/25/2020

Victorian decoration and interior design is often referred to as a period of revivals. The Dining Room is a rare example of the German Renaissance Revival style - which can be seen through stylized dolphins, acanthus leaf accents, and winged lions. The eighteen-light chandelier and andirons are of nickel-plated bronze – commonly referred to as German silver – features rinceau, grotesque, and foliate decoration. The oak in this room was carved by local craftsman August Grass. The work is a remarkable technical achievement – oak is a notoriously hard wood that does not conform well to decorative carving. #HHMDetails @ Heurich House Museum

The Master Bedroom incorporates classical motifs in its decoration. An oil-on-velvet reproduction of William-Adolphe Bou...
01/22/2020

The Master Bedroom incorporates classical motifs in its decoration. An oil-on-velvet reproduction of William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Cupid and Psyche hangs above the beds. The canvased ceiling depicts an idealized sleeping woman, who the interior decorators incorrectly believed to be the Goddess of Sleep (in Classical mythology, the deity of sleep is a male figure). #HHMDetails @ Heurich House Museum

Today, we visited @phillipscollection as part of our professional development during our month of strategic planning! Ch...
01/21/2020

Today, we visited @phillipscollection as part of our professional development during our month of strategic planning! Check out our #DupontCircle neighbor sometime after a stop at the #BrewmastersCastle! @ The Phillips Collection

For Victorian women like Amelia Heurich, a boudoir served as a reprieve from the demands of daily life. Amelia used this...
01/18/2020

For Victorian women like Amelia Heurich, a boudoir served as a reprieve from the demands of daily life. Amelia used this room to write letters, plan menus, and interact with her children. Amelia also enjoyed needlework; she produced the pillows in the boudoir using a commercially-produced pattern book available at the time. #HHMDetails @ Heurich House Museum

Through the construction of his home (1892-1894), Christian Heurich included the most modern technology of the time. The...
01/16/2020

Through the construction of his home (1892-1894), Christian Heurich included the most modern technology of the time. The original patent for interlocking rubber tiles, like those in the bierstube, was filed in 1894 by Frank Furness of Philadelphia, PA - the year construction was completed on the home. Although the tiles are chalky and fragile now, they would have had a pleasant, springy consistency when they were new. #HHMDetails

The red glass in the upper portion of the windows in the conservatory is called “flashed glass.” Although molten red gla...
01/15/2020

The red glass in the upper portion of the windows in the conservatory is called “flashed glass.” Although molten red glass can be blown outright, its dense pigmentation limits the amount of light that can pass through the glass. To make flashed glass, glassmakers laminate a sheet of lightly-colored glass between two layers of red molten glass, allowing for a lighter appearance and increased durability. #HHMDetails

The Heurich House Museum has one of the most preserved Victorian interiors in Washington, DC. Its interior designs - fro...
01/14/2020

The Heurich House Museum has one of the most preserved Victorian interiors in Washington, DC. Its interior designs - from wall finishes to mantels - are protected on DC’s Inventory of Historic Sites. This month, let’s take a closer look at the intricate building arts found throughout the house. #HHMDetails @ Heurich House Museum

Hello 2020, hope you’ll bring us fun times that shine even brighter than these beauties from 2019: ⁣🍻Drinking the most h...
01/02/2020

Hello 2020, hope you’ll bring us fun times that shine even brighter than these beauties from 2019: ⁣
🍻Drinking the most historically and scientifically accurate beer revival we know of - SENATE BEER #DrinkSenate⁣
🌳 Opening our Castle Garden bar - @1921sun - in our historic Carriage House ⁣
🎄 Celebrating local artisans and small businesses at our largest Christkindlmarkt ever! #CKM2019⁣
🏰 Playing with Kids in the Castle: Scavenger Hunt and Story Time⁣
🎙️Welcoming more creatives than ever into our small business incubator program called Brewmaster’s Studios. ⁣
🛍️ Launching our online Gift Shop and a new website ⁣
💻 Inventorying our object and archive collections.⁣
😊 Welcoming interns, part-time staff, and volunteers onto our team - we could not do this without them!⁣
🛠️ Replacing our vandalized Conservatory window; caring for the historic home that turned 125 years old. ⁣
🖼️ Opening a new exhibit “Scenes from Dupont Festival” highlighting artists from @artenables and events by @dupontfestival. ⁣ @ Heurich House Museum

12/26/2019
We Serve DC, Meet Our People: Adela's Story

If Christian Heurich could see what his home has become today, 125 years after it was completed, would he be surprised?⁣

His great-great-granddaughter and current museum board member, Adela Griswold, thinks he would be encouraged that his visionary spirit carries forward, and proud that his immigrant story inspires others through programs like HOME/BREWED, A (GOOD) AMERICAN, and Brewmaster Tours.⁣

Be woven into our history: Support the Heurich House Museum as we head into our biggest year yet. Consider making a gift of $25 or $125 to celebrate 125 years of the Heurich House. ⁣

Over the last days of the decade, tune in for more stories like Adela's! #Heurich125

Wishing you the merriest holiday and a wonderful last week of the decade! We are grateful to have you with us on our jou...
12/25/2019

Wishing you the merriest holiday and a wonderful last week of the decade! We are grateful to have you with us on our journey in 2020 and beyond! 🎄♥️🎁✨

12/18/2019

🎁 Order before 11:59pm... bit.ly/HeurichGiftShop

The Heurich House Museum is not only an educational institution, but also a small local business. ⁣

We have created a new kind of house museum business model that includes diversified streams of mission-based revenue, like our historically accurate revival of Heurich’s beers and our GIFT SHOP.

Glühwein + Senate Beer = the perfect pair at Christkindlmarkt❣️We’re open until 6pm tonight! 🎄🎁🎅
12/08/2019

Glühwein + Senate Beer = the perfect pair at Christkindlmarkt❣️We’re open until 6pm tonight! 🎄🎁🎅

Christkindlmarkt is not just an artisan market! It’s also a chance to explore the historic Heurich home dressed to the n...
12/08/2019

Christkindlmarkt is not just an artisan market! It’s also a chance to explore the historic Heurich home dressed to the nines for the season! 🎄🎁❤️✨#CKM2019

Our feelings about Christkindlmarkt! 😃 It’s day 3 - the final day of our local artisan market and festive house tour. Ga...
12/08/2019

Our feelings about Christkindlmarkt! 😃 It’s day 3 - the final day of our local artisan market and festive house tour. Gates are open 12-6pm for you to shop for the perfect gift, sip on glühwein, and explore the decorated historic home. 🎄😍✨

For the last 7 years, we’ve championed small businesses with our incubator programs and holiday market. This weekend at ...
12/07/2019

For the last 7 years, we’ve championed small businesses with our incubator programs and holiday market. This weekend at Christkindlmarkt, your support helps us champion small local creative businesses so they can grow and thrive in the District. While you’re at the market, meet some of these makers! Doors are open until 8pm tonight and 12-6pm tomorrow! See you soon! 🎄❤️🎅🎁✨

New, new, new: Silent Auction at #CKM2019! Bid on your favorite market vendors good’s for a chance to win! All proceeds ...
12/07/2019

New, new, new: Silent Auction at #CKM2019! Bid on your favorite market vendors good’s for a chance to win! All proceeds benefit the Heurich House Museum as it closes out its 125th anniversary celebration of the historic mansion! @ Heurich House Museum

Happy day 2 of Christkindlmarkt!! We’re excited to welcome you to our local artisan market and festive house tour for th...
12/07/2019

Happy day 2 of Christkindlmarkt!! We’re excited to welcome you to our local artisan market and festive house tour for the 7th year. The historic castle garden gates will be open until 8pm, see you soon! #CKM2019 🎄❤️🎁✨

Online Christkindlmarkt ticket sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door all weekend. Will you be a VI...
12/06/2019

Online Christkindlmarkt ticket sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door all weekend. Will you be a VIP tonight when our special preview event starts at 4pm?! HeurichChristmas.org

On day 2 of 12 days of Christkindlmarkt, we need YOUR help! The market is our largest fundraiser of the year and support...
11/26/2019

On day 2 of 12 days of Christkindlmarkt, we need YOUR help! The market is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports our educational and small business incubator programs year-long! ⁣

Volunteer during one of these shifts - and receive tickets for that day at no cost: ⁣
Friday (12/6): 3:30pm-6:00pm⁣
Saturday (12/7): 5:30pm-8:30pm⁣
Sunday (12/8): 11:30am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-4:30pm, 4:30pm-7:00pm⁣

Interested? Send us a DM or email [email protected]! ⁣

Thank you in advance! #CKM2019 @ Heurich House Museum

Last night, we hosted the team behind Senate Beer, our revival of the historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co.’s flagship brand...
11/22/2019

Last night, we hosted the team behind Senate Beer, our revival of the historic Chr. Heurich Brewing Co.’s flagship brand fir our last First Runnings of 2019. Thanks to @prunco for asking the questions we all were wondering! 🍻 Head to the highlight in our profile to see more.

*The Newest Look* Go behind the revival of the historic Senate Beer which was originally produced 130 years ago. Visit b...
11/19/2019

*The Newest Look* Go behind the revival of the historic Senate Beer which was originally produced 130 years ago. Visit bit.ly/FirstRunningsSenate for all the deets on “First Runnings - A Long Lost Friend: Senate Beer”. 🍻

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1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC
20036

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Thursday 11:30 - 15:30
Friday 11:30 - 15:30
Saturday 11:30 - 15:30

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In late December 1988, several of us in Civil War uniforms or civilian attire toured the Christian Heurich house museum. Suffice it to say we were amazed and delighted not only with the beauty of the house but also by the very kind, gracious and informative staff members who guided us through the house!
aus "Freies Wort" 2017-10-23