Christian Heurich House Museum
The Brewmaster's Castle
Built from 1892 to 1894, this uniquely intact Victorian mansion was the home of German-American philanthropist and beer magnate Christian Heurich. Considered the world's oldest brewmaster, he ran the Christian Heurich Brewery on the site where the Kennedy Center now stands—until his death in 1945 at the age of 102. Now a museum, visitors can learn the story of one of D.C.'s most successful entrepreneurs and his family, his pioneering spirit on America's brewing industry, and the construction of his 31-room mansion. As D.C.'s first fireproof home (he had a fear of fire), it is replete with hand-carved wood, 15 fireplaces with individually carved mantles, and cast iron bronze fire back, hand-painted ceiling canvases, luxurious furnished rooms, original Heurich family heirlooms, a bierstube ("beer room"), elevator shaft, and gas and electric lighting fixtures.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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