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Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site

Outside of the Sewall-Belmont House

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

The Sewall-Belmont House, in the shadow of the Hart Senate Office Building and the U.S. Supreme Court, was constructed in 1799 by the Sewall family. It was the home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin from 1801-1813. In August 1814, when British troops invaded Washington, they set the house on fire because it was the only residence in the city to offer armed resistance. The mansion was later repaired and became the residence of a series of notable senators and Washington officials. In the early 20th century, the house became the headquarters of the historic National Woman's Party, founded by suffragist Alice Paul in 1913. A Save America’s Treasures grant helped to restore the exterior of the house.

Photo: The Sewall-Belmont House

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