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Civic Leaders Hope to Save
Naval Hero’s Home as
National Shrine.
•Save the Decatur House” is the
glogan of a movement sponsored by
Secretary of the Interior Ickes to pre
serve as a permanent national historic
monument one of the famed land
marks of old Washington.
Built on Lafayette Square in 1819
by Commodore Stephen Decatur, for
mer commander of Old Ironsides
and hero of the war against the Bar
bary pirates, the house has stood
unchanged all these years. It can
not forever resist the tide of progress
that has wiped out other historic
landmarks on Lafayette Square, for
unless it is saved by public spirited
citizens, it must be sold to settle the
estate of the late Truxton Beale.
A few years ago American school
Children pooled their pennies and
saved Decatur's ship, thb Constitution,
from the scrap-heap. Recently the
house where Decatur died from the
wounds he received in a duel at
Bladensburg. Md., was selected by the
Advisory Committee of the Historic
American Buildings Survey as one
worthy of careful preservation.
Secretary Ickes, at the suggestion
of civic leaders who have sought to
prevent the demolition of the Lafay
ette Square house, initiated a move
ment last week to save it. He said
yesterday that he hoped funds would
be raised to purchase the property
and have it turned over to the perma
nent custody of the National Park
Service. Should this movement fail,
he Indicated there is a possibility of
the Government itself acquiring it.
May Organize Commute*.
“There is every disposition on the
part of Mrs. Beale, the present owner,
to be more than generous in the dis
position of the property for his
torical purposes," Secretary Ickes said
after a meeting Tuesday night. “It
is my hope that such a movement
may be immediately begun."
As a result of the meeting, which
was attended by Federal officials and
Interested civic leaders, a committee
probably will be organized.
Decatur House was the first private
residence built on Lafayette Square
after the erection of the White House.
It stands on the southwest corner of
Jackson place and H street N.W. Into
its construction went prize money
awarded the young naval hero from
the sale of the pirate ships he cap
tured. During the century that has
passed, it has been swathed in the
romance and grandeur of by-gone
The house was designed by Benja
min H. Latrobe. one of the early plan
ners of the Capitol Building and archi
tect of St. John’s Church on Lafayette
Famous Men Lived There.
Decatur and bis young bride had
lived in the house scarcely a year
when he was brought home mortally
wounded on March 20, 1820, from his
duel with Commodore James Barron.
Decatur was at the height of his ca
reer, and his residence was a center
of social life.
After his death, many famous men
lived there. Baron Hyde de Neuville,
French Minister to the United States,
was the first to occupy it. Then came
Baron de Tuyll, a Russian Minister.
He was followed by Henry Clay, Sec
retary of State under President John
Quincy Adams; Martin Van Buren and
Edward Livingston, succeeding Secre
taries of State under President Andrew
In the roof are "lookouts” where
Negro slaves were posted during the
occupancy of Van Buren. Similar
ones on the White House roof made
possible a system of wig-wagging be
fore the days of the telephone.
Other famous persons who occupied
the mansion were Sir Charles Vaughan.
British Minister to the United States;
George M. Dallas, when Vice President
under President Polk, and John Gads
by. one of Washington's earliest inn
keepers. It was reported then that
Gadsby kept slaves confined in the
attic of the Decatur House for sale
in Washington's slave market.
Beale Bought Home.
The last tenant before the Civil
War was Senator Judah P. Benjamin
of Louisiana, wrho became Secretary
of State of the Confederacy. The
house was used by officers during
the Civil War, but at the close was
bought by Edward Fitzgerald Beale,
a Virginian, the grandson of Com
modore Truxton. Edward Beale also
began his career in the Navy and
won distinction in the Mexican War.
He explored the West and helped
found the State of California.
President Grant appointed Beale as
Minister to Austria-Hungary. His
son, the late Truxton Beale, was
formerly United States Minister to
Persia and to Greece. The historic
mansion, peculiar for its brick-sealed
windows on the H street side, is now
the property of his widow.
Within its walls the greatest men
of the Nation have passed during a
Here Henry Clay formulated his
policy of "Good Neighbor” to South
America, and no one knows how many
other governmental policies were
hatched in its drawing rooms. Once
gossip abounded when Secretary of
. State Van Buren paved his path to
Of Kalamazoo, Mich., whose
scepter is a spray of apple
blossoms as she rules over the
1938 blossom festival being
held at Benton Harbor, Mich.,
and at St. Joseph.
—Wide World Photo.
the presidency through his entertain
ments in Decatur House for Wash
ington’s famous Peggy Eaton.
Those at Meeting.
In recent years, several attempts
have been made to preserve Decatur
House without success. Now, with
assurances of Federal interest and
support, another and, it is hoped, a
final movement has been launched.
Once established as a national mon
ument, this famous old house would
be maintained for future generations
by Federal funds.
The meeting Tuesday to discuss the
preservation of the house was attend
ed by Mr. Ickes, Newbold Noyes, as
sociate editor of The Star; Eugene
Meyer, publisher of the Post; Dr.
Charles G. Abbott, secretary of the
Smithsonian Institution; Allen C.
Clark, president of the Columbia His
torical Association; Mrs. Eleanor M.
Patterson, editor and publisher of the
Herald and Times; Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Woods Bliss. Francis S. Ron
alds, Arno B. Cammerer, director of
the National Park Service, and George
A. Mo6key. in charge of land acquisi
tion and regulations for the National
Park Service.
State Society Ball on May 19 to
Be Featured by Display
of Products.
A fashion show in which cotton
garmerte will be worn by all the
models will bs the feature of a “Cotton
Ball'’ to be held by the South Carolina
State Society at Wardman Park Hotel
on Thursday night. May 19.
There will be exhibits, ranging from
papter to frocks, all made of cotton,
which will be given away as souvenirs
during the evening. Many leaders in
the cotton industry in South Carolina
are expected to participate.
Edgar Morris, president of the so
ciety, has appointed the following
committee chairmen: J. Austin Lati
mer, reception: E. D. Hodges, floor;
Charles E. Jackson, decorations and
display; Hugh E. Phillips, hotel and
music; Col. O. A. Hydrick, tickets, and
Mrs. Godfrey V. Wickward, publicity.
Luncheon Meeting of Council to
Be Held Tomorrow at
Y. M. C. A.
New officers elected by the Board of
Directors will take office at a luncheon
meeting of the Washington Council
of Social Agencies at 12:30 p.m. to
morrow at the Y. M. C. A.
This will be the last meeting of
the organization until October. The
new officers are: Mrs. Harry Bern ton,
president; Dr. Thomas Gosling, first
vice president; Allen Pope, second vice
president, and Charles W. Pimper,
The retiring president, Dr. Russell
J. Clinchy, who has served for two
terms, will speak on “A Two Years’
View of Social Work in Washington."
The application of the Washington
Criminal Justice Association for mem
bership, recommended by the direc
tors, will be voted on.
Election of officers and directors of
the Prince Georges County Red Cross
Chapter will be held at a meeting of
the chapter's Board of Directors and
country representatives at 8 p.m.
Tuesday in the Bladensburg Firehouse,
it was announced yesterday by Dr.
C. P. Close of College Park, chapter
The relation of the chapter’s work
with that of other county welfare
i groups will be discussed.
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