The Whittemore House Receives August Location of the Month Distinction

Monday, August 3, 2015
Historic Mansion in Dupont Circle provides versatile venues for multi-use filming facility

The DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is pleased to honor The Whittemore House in Northwest Washington as the August 2015 Location of the Month.

The Whittemore House is one of Washington’s most historic and elegant mansions. Located in Northwest Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, this beautiful dwelling was designed and built as a private residence between 1892 and 1994 by architect Harvey Page for opera singer Sarah Adams Whittemore, a direct descendent of John and Henry Adams. The Woman’s National Democratic Club has occupied the mansion since 1927. The House was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1973 and was granted museum status in 2000. Today, the Whittemore House celebrates this distinguished history and tradition by maintaining a noted collection of antiques, art, and political memorabilia.

The historic mansion has a kinship to both the English Arts and Crafts movement and American “Shingle Style” architecture. Its design suggests that the architect was in tune with the most advanced architectural thinking of his day, which emphasized elimination of non-essential decorative details in lieu of simplicity of form and an open free flowing interior plan. Modern architect and critic Philip Johnson has described the Whittemore House as an "architectural masterpiece."

The 3100-square-foot mansion, which spans four floors and nine enchanting rooms of varying size and uses, is an ideal setting for film productions and special events alike. A charming courtyard also provides a comfortable outdoor setting for guests to enjoy and be taken in by the neighborhood’s diplomatic surroundings. Top-quality audio visual capabilities and high-speed Internet service are available for productions.

In 2011, the DC Film Office launched the Location of the Month to bring attention to the wide range of cinematically compelling locations that are available to film and television productions. Former Location of the Month recipients include the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market in Northeast, the National Museum of the US Navy in Southeast, and the Mansion on O Street in Northwest.

To learn more about the Whittemore House and to view photos, please visit the Location of the Month feature on our website. If you are interested in using The Whittemore House as a filming location, please contact us at [email protected].