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The White House Historical Association established the National Center for White House History at Decatur House. The center houses historical documentation, supports research efforts, and provides education programs related to the study and history of the White House. In the near future, the center’s activities will focus on research related to White House history, will offer expanded programming to children in grades K-12, and host events, such as lecture programs, that explore both White House history and the surrounding area of historic Lafayette Square.
Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the “Father of American Architecture”, and prominently located on Lafayette Square across from the White House, Decatur House is one of the capital's most desirable locations. The association will continue Decatur House’s tradition of fine Washington entertaining by offering rental opportunities for receptions, weddings, meetings and parties.