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DAR Constitution Hall and DAR Headquarters

By John T. Marck


Constructed on Alabama limestone, Constitution Hall was designed by architect John Russell Pope. It was built by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to accommodate their annual Continental Congress and other activities. It also served as the unofficial cultural center for more than 40 years, and was the center of a Civil Rights crisis in 1939 when singer Marion Anderson, an African-American, was denied the use of the hall. It houses the largest auditorium in the District, completed in 1929.

In 1902, the DAR commissioned New York architect Edward Pearse Casey to design a headquarters building and assembly hall at 1776 D Street, N.W. This structure built in Vermont marble was done so between 1904 and 1910. It is used today as the meeting place for DAR meetings and conferences, and was the site of the Washington Arms Limitation Conference in 1921-1922, which was one of the most significant international attempts to reduce global tension through disarmament.

Constitution Hall is located at 311 18th Street, N.W. and is open to the public during various performances. The DAR Headquarters is located at 1776 D Street, N.W., and its library and museum are open Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is closed Saturday and on all Federal holidays.

Copyright 1993-2022 by John T. Marck. Information in part compliments of the National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places. Some passages taken directly from the National Park Service.