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Woodrow Wilson House: All About the Washington D.C. Landmark

By    |   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 08:59 PM

The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., is a national monument that remembers and honors the nation’s 28th president.

Wilson and his wife, Edith Wilson, moved into the house the day they moved out of the White House, March 4, 1921, the Woodrow Wilson House website said. Located on Embassy Row, the couple bought the home with the intention of retiring there, and Wilson is the only president who remained in the nation’s capital after he left office.

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Wilson lived in the home until his death in 1924, and Edith Wilson stayed there until she died in 1961. She bequeathed the home and its contents to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to be used as a museum.

The home is located in Washington’s Kalorama district of Embassy Row, where numerous other presidents have lived and where many embassies are located.

The Georgian Revival home, with its Palladian windows and marble entryway, offers an insight into the president who was responsible for establishing the Federal Reserve System and creating the Federal Trade Commission.

Exhibits in the home highlight Wilson’s presidency, events that occurred, and also show a glimpse of his family life. Showing there this month is “Woodrow Wilson, President Electric: Harnessing the Power of Innovation in the Progressive Era,” which focuses on the many technology innovations that occurred during the Progressive Era, as seen from the presidential family’s viewpoints.

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Annual events held there, such as a Garden Party in May, remember Wilson's and his wife’s love of hats, the home’s blog site said.

Items throughout the house evoke memories of Wilson’s career. A statue made from a melted down Austrian artillery piece depict a feminine figure and was given to the president by the people of Milan as an expression of gratitude for his peacekeeping work during World War I, the blog said.

“In one hand she holds a sword while in the other she carries a dead and defeated two headed eagle, the symbol of the Austro-Hungarian Empire,” the blog said. “The sculpture stands as a poignant symbol of Italy’s triumph over its longtime rival in World War One.”

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