December 17, 2010; Washington D.C.
Contact: Alison Mann, Washington Foreign Press Center
The Foreign Press Center took 12 foreign journalists from Armenia, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Taiwan to Tudor Place in Georgetown. Designed by William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol, Tudor Place was completed in 1816 and serves as an excellent example of early American Palladian architecture. Built by descendents of Martha Washington, journalists learned the history of many prominent District families and viewed the home’s extensive collection of art, furniture, and China – many pieces belonging to George Washington. Additionally, the home was decorated for the holidays appropriate to the historical period, using natural materials such as fruit and evergreens. Foreign journalists left the tour with a new appreciation of local history, architecture, decorative art, and early American representations of Christmas.
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