The society of the cincinnati
December 30, 2015
For 30 years, Anderson House (1905), a “"Florentine villa in the midst of American independence” was considered “one of the capital city's most fashionable mansions”. The 27,000 square foot, 50-room winter home was once the private residence of American diplomat Larz Anderson, and his wife, Isabel, an author. In case you’re wondering, why DC in winter (since it can get really cold), New Year’s Day to Easter is the height of the social season still. It’s because Congress is back in session, which means everyone politically important is back in town. A gathering at the Anderson home was a sought-after invitation as they hosted diplomatic and inaugural receptions, formal dinners and luncheons, concerts, and dramatic performances. Among their distinguished guest: Presidents William H. Taft and Calvin Coolidge, Henry A. du Pont, members of the Vanderbilt family, and more.
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