You’ll get to check out this historic home-turned-hotel that’s home to a collection of more than 20,000 books, paintings, photographs, and more. Use this deal to take yourself on a self-guided tour of all of its mystery with a glass of champagne in hand.
- One Self-Guided Champagne Tour
- Discover the 70 Secret Doors Hidden Throughout the Mansion
- Tour of the Intriguing Dupont Circle Museum
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. VOUCHER IS NOT YOUR TICKET; ONLINE EVENT REGISTRATION REQUIRED ON THE WEEK OF THE DESIRED TOUR DATE • REFUND POLICY: This event is nonrefundable. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss an event. In the event of a cancellation, your voucher will be fully refunded • The deal is valid only for self-guided champagne tour and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other event or tour • No walk-ins • Tours last up to 2 hours and are scheduled daily 11 a.m to 3:30 p.m. • Includes one glass of champagne • Must be age 21+ with valid ID to consume alcohol • Entire value must be used in a single visit Other conditions apply Except where noted in the fine print: • Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion • Tax and gratuity are not included • Merchant is responsible for the quality of the products or services provided to you at redemption • 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, based on availability • Advanced on-line reservations are required and based on availability; no walk-ins • Following purchase, register your voucher online • Directions and parking Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
The History of the O Mansion
Located in the nation’s capital, The O is located in a series of five interconnected town houses that includes over 100 rooms and over 70 secret doors.
Designed in 1892 by Edward Clark, architect for the US Capitol two centuries ago, the buildings were interconnected and served as a home for himself, his brother James “Champ” Clark, Speaker of the House (during Teddy Roosevelt’s Presidency), and a third brother, known as “the artist.” Additional plans to replace the side garden with an adjoining home for their sister never came to fruition, although the archway to her house was one brick away from “being there.”
Originally spanning three row houses (now five), the residence was connected through the basement and main floor and contained separate sleeping quarters for each brother upstairs. As one of the last architects working on the U.S. Capitol between the 19th & 20th century, Clark incorporated left over tiles and wood from the Capitol into his new home – rich in detail, these items and detailed woodworking by August Grass (who also worked on the Heinrich Mansion) can still be found there today. A testament to the fine craftsmanship, it is believed to be the last, virtually intact, private residence of that period in Washington, D.C.
In the 1930’s the home was converted into three separate rooming houses for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s G-men. In the 1960’s, the student leaders of the protest movement lived at 2020 O Street, now home to O Street Museum. Norman Mailer wrote about them–and the house–in his book Armies of the Night.
On February 14, 1980, the property was purchased by H.H. Leonards, with the intent to restore its original character by reconnecting the row houses. In 1985, nearly a century after its original construction, she transformed the garden site into a unique five-story companion annex, completing the Clarks’ dream.
A resident of the mansion and supporter of O Street for over a decade, Mrs. Rosa Parks was a mother figure and mentor to founder H.H. Leonards. She entertained friends, dignitaries and guests and hosted a Sunday gospel brunch each month. You can see her room on the third floor along with many of her signed letters and artifacts in the museum collection.
In the spring of 1999, Jay Bothwell–architect, developer and good neighbor of the mansion–donated marble pieces from the Washington Monument construction project that was going on at that time. These pieces can be found in the back of the mansion.
Today, the property consists of more than 100 rooms of varying architectural, artistic and design periods, from the Victorian Age to Art Deco/Avant Garde. Highlights include hand painted ceilings (so you look up, and out of your self), original Tiffany stained glass windows, a two-story Log Cabin and the secluded Art Deco penthouse with private elevator.
Most of the artifacts in the collection–the signed guitars, memorabilia, documents, letters and more–have been donated by their original owners who support The Museum’s mission and stay at The Mansion.
The O Street Museum Foundation promotes and embraces life from every culture, resulting in a wide-ranging collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, books, artifacts, and music, from all over the globe. The only museum of its kind, the O Street Museum has always been dedicated to exploring the creative process. The collection rotates and changes daily. From the art, to the music, to the surroundings, no visit is ever the same. From artist’s letters, to animation stills, to written manuscripts, to one of the largest “raw and exposed” music collections, our galleries are not limited to one genre.
O Street Museum offers an immersive, tactile experience where you will hear rare studio cuts, leaf through manuscripts, touch sculpture and tour through a multitude of achitectual styles. We offer a wide range of programs including artist-in-residence, live concerts, art-leasing, jammin’, raw & exposed, songwriter’s workshop and kids programs. No matter where you look you will miss something.
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