The White House Historical Association established the National Center for White House History at Decatur House, effective January 1, 2010. The center will house historical documentation, support research efforts, and provide education programs related to the study and history of the White House.
In the near future, the center's activities will focus on research related to White House history, will offer expanded programming to children in grades K-12, and host events, such as lecture programs, that explore both White House history and the surrounding area of historic Lafayette Square.
The National Center for White House History is located at Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the White House Historical Association.
Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "father of American architecture" and prominently located on Lafayette Square across from the White House, Decatur House is one of the capital's most desirable locations. The association will continue Decatur House’s tradition of fine Washington entertaining by offering rental opportunities for receptions, weddings, meetings and parties. You will find more information on these opportunities, as well as classroom programs and historical background, on this website.
Just steps away from the White House, Decatur House offers a glimpse into nearly 200 years of Washington history. We offer a field trip experience and educational programs in the setting of the Decatur House site and the Lafayette Square neighborhood.
Hold your wedding, corporate event or meeting at Decatur House on Lafayette Square. The site offers a Carriage House, Historic Courtyard and Entertaining Parlors.
The new White House Historical Association shop features a splendid selection of items related to the history of the White House and the President's neighborhood, including all of the White House Christmas Ornaments. Get yours today for only $17.95!
Shop Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM.