Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The "Anderson House" and it's Story

This house is located in Washington D.C. in the affluent area known as Dupont Circle. It's exact location is 2118 Massachusetts Avenue and was built in 1905. This area has some amazing old homes but which now are mostly known as the "Embassy Row" homes.

Larz Anderson was the son of Nicholas Longworth Anderson and Elizabeth Coles Kilgour Anderson. He was born in Paris in 1866 while his wealthy parents were on one of their frequent visits to Europe. Larz attended Harvard College and while he was there he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, the A.D. Club, the Institute of 1770, Alpha Delta Phi, and Delta Kappa Epsilon. After graduating in 1888, he set out on a year and a half grand tour that included his first visit to Japan. When he returned to the U.S., Anderson briefly attended Harvard Law School before being called into diplomatic service in 1891.

By the time his wife Isabel was five years old she had inherited $17million from her grandfather William Fletcher Weld, making her the wealthiest woman in the world.

As you can probably tell.........when wealth marries wealth's gonna be good.

No children were ever born of this union for unknown reasons. Larzs also loved "touring cars" and I understand there is a museum in Brookline Mass. He was also very involved in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and that is where they are both buried. Larz passed in 1937 and Isabel in 1948. Isabel gave this residence to the Society of the Cincinnati. Anderson House now serves as the society's national headquarters and museum.

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