Photo courtesy of The Heurich House Museum
From an email:
“The Heurich House Museum, the German brew master’s castle located south of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue, invites the public to take a holiday Candlelight Tour on Friday, December 9 or Saturday, December 10. The home will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Admission costs $15 for Adults and $5 for Children.
The mansion, often called a hidden gem of northwest Washington, will be decorated for the Victorian-era holiday season. Guests will enjoy performances of traditional German Christmas carols by the Alpine Singers and Washington Sängerbund at 7:00 and 8:00pm each night. The museum will serve traditional sweets donated by local German bakeries, and Saint Nikolaus will make an appearance on Saturday evening.
This annual event is a celebration of Germany’s most important holiday, and takes place in the home of the most successful German merchant in Washington, D.C. Heurich celebrated his achievements by building the mansion in Dupont Circle. A technological marvel, the home was crafted by German artisans, and is considered one of the most intact Victorian homes in the country. Museum Docents conduct weekly tours of the mansion, and it is available for special event rentals.
Heurich’s brewing company was the largest non-governmental employer in the District, and he was the world’s oldest brewer at his death at 102. From the time of the brewery’s closing in the 1950’s, there had been no other brewery in Washington, D.C. until D.C. Brau opened its doors this April 2011.