Inside Embassy Row Walking Tour
Embassy Row is a place where the women ruled and champagne flowed like water. From around 1890 'til the Great Depression, Massachusetts Ave. was the place for society, and while the men were of politicking, the women ruled and competed for the honor of being the "hostess with the mostest." Beneath the stately facades of Beaux Arts architecture was an exciting world of pleasure, leisure, scandal, gossip and above all competition. We'll see the outside of the houses of the ladies of the old guard of Washington circa 1910, and hear stories of such ladies as Cissy Patterson, whose wealth and connections made her house on Dupont Circle a place even the President would envy. Evalyn Walsh McLean, the spendthrift, exuberant and happy-go-lucky owner of the Hope Diamond. And the incomparable Alice Roosevelt Longworth, eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, often called "the other Washington Monument." At the end of the tour, we'll get a special treat by going inside the one of the grand old mansions, whose formally restrained exterior masks an opulent interior.
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