Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Art History

First Advisor

Charles Brownell


In 1902, Larz Anderson III, a Washington diplomat, and his wife, Isabel Weld Perkins Anderson, a Boston author, commissioned the Boston architects Arthur Little and Herbert W. C. Browne to design their winter residence in the District of Columbia. Completed in 1905, this Beaux-Arts mansion now serves as an historic house museum and as the national headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, a patriotic organization established by Revolutionary War officers in 1783. Larz Anderson was a member and a descendant of one of the founders of the Society. The fact that Anderson House was designated a national historic landmark in 1996 indicates that it is worthy of national recognition, yet the architectural and historical significance of this socially and politically important building has not been fully investigated. This dissertation examines the edifice by focusing on its patrons, families, architects, design, art collection, and mural paintings.


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Date of Submission

May 2014

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