Dumbarton Oaks
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A Home of the Humanities
Known locally as "the Oaks," this 1801 Federal-style estate was the former residence of career diplomat Robert Woods Bliss and his wife, Mildred Barnes Bliss, a beneficiary of the Castoria patent medicine fortune. After donating the estate to Harvard University in 1940, it has been a major research center and showcase for their shared passions of Byzantine art, pre-Columbian art, and garden and landscape architecture. A well curated collection that features Byzantine religious adornments, iconography, coins, sarcophagi, and precious materials as well as metalwork, weavings, ceramics, and stone carvings ranging from the Olmec and Maya to the Aztec and Inca. The Music Room, adorned with tapestries, sculptures, paintings, and furniture from the 15th to 19th centuries, holds a special place in history: it is where the charter of the United Nations was created in 1944.
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