Just off the press – Capital Houses!



Two of my friends recently published a major new book on the historic homes of Washington, D.C., Capital Houses: Historic Residences of Washington D.C. and Its Environs, 1735-1965 (Acanthus Press). The noted Washington architectural historian James M. Goode and the internationally-renowned art and architecture photographer Bruce M. White collaborated on this book, which was eight years in the making. The sumptuous book documents and illustrates the wide range of periods, styles, and types of domestic architecture in the national capital region, beginning with Washington’s Mount Vernon (1735) and ending with the midcentury modern Kreeger House (1966) .

Anderson House, the 1905 Beaux-Arts mansion built by Larz and Isabel Anderson, is beautifully presented in the book along with other Gilded Age mansions originally built for the Andersons’ neighbors, the Pattersons, Townsends, Beales, and Everetts.  Each house is presented as a stand-alone chapter, with a lively description of its social history and artistic merits by James Goode, and spectacular new photography of interior and exterior views by Bruce White.

Parts of the book are available to browse online, through the publisher’s website. CLICK HERE to take a look at the book.

The book is available for sale through Acanthus and through Amazon.com.

Bravo to James and Bruce for creating this magnificent book!

A Note About the Book Cover
The book’s cover shows the winter garden of the Edward Everett House (1910-1915), designed by George Oakley Totten, Jr. The art historian Dr. Caroline Mesrobian Hickman was the first to document that the garden’s favrile tile mosaics came from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany.