Judging Buildings – The Brewmaster’s Castle


Well this is one of the cooler old school buildings in DC. It’s located at 1250 H Street, NW 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. You can read about it’s history here. Their Web site says:

“The Heurich Mansion was built in 1892-1894, during Dupont Circle’s golden era as the city’s premier residential neighborhood, by German immigrant, American citizen, brewer, real estate magnate, and philanthropist, Christian Heurich. The mansion was the city’s first fireproof home, having been built of reinforced steel and poured concrete, a novel construction technique at the time, and unheard of for residential construction. To ensure its safety, none of the fireplaces were ever used, and the top of the tower features a salamander, in mythology, a creature that guards against fire.

A distinguished example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, this Category Two Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places enjoys a reputation as the most intact late-Victorian home in Washington D.C., and has been featured on A&E’s “America’s Castles” and HGTV’s “Dream Builders.”

The 31-room home is replete with hand-carved wood, 15 fireplaces with individually carved mantles and cast bronze fire backs, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxuriously furnished rooms, and original turn-of-the-century Heurich family collections.”

Lots more photos after the jump.





They even have a garden open to the public, albeit, with limited hours.



9 Comment

  • I think you have the address wrong there. How about 1307 New Hampshire?

  • The caretaker is a lovely guy, and a friend and I happened to catch a tour with him rather than a regular tourguide. He even let us see his apartment in the basement! It was fascinating and totally worth it.

  • no way that address is correct

  • I’ve always loved this house (and for those who may not be familiar with the name, it’s pronounced HY-rick). The Heurich family had a dairy farm out on Rt. 410 (East-West Highway) in Hyattsville that is now present-day Prince George’s Plaza… what a waste of good land!

  • My wife’s company had their Xmas party in there a few years ago. It was very nice.

  • I am planning a visit here soon – apparently the wife lived for decades here, and always kept the drapes and shutters drawn, resulting in the interior being remarkably well preserved.

  • I’ve taken the tour; it’s absolutely worth your time. Really amazing!

  • Excellent post, Prince.

    Resplendent and extraordinary, it’s a must see for Washingtonians

    -a masterpiece truly built to last forever.

    Brewmaster Christian Heurich’s legacy to DC. Washington’s largest private employer, he lived to be 102.

    Best preserved Grand Dame Mansion in DC. The 15 fireplaces have never been used.

    If you haven’t been, take a step back in time and witness life in DC 100 years ago.
    Put on your to do list. You’ll never forget. Tell others.

    Get off at the Dupont Circle Metro Station and you’re there.

    Enjoy the English garden this time of year, mates.

    Reformed Somali Pirate Tantum Eruditi Sunt Liberi

  • It was hard to believe the Olde Heurich Brewing Company the maker of Foggy Bottom, Old Georgetown, and Senate beers went out of business in 2006. Gary Heurich, Christian’s grandson spent all of the profits on booze, women, and song.

    How in the world/city do you run a pretty good microbrew into the ground?

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