Washington DC, USA

St. John's Church, Washington DC, USA

This delicate little church has sat close to the centre of power in the US since its inception in 1815. It was first opened the following October.

It was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe – who Thomas Jefferson appointed as Surveyor and Architect for the Capitol in 1803. Latrobe is considered to be the USA’s first professional architect and was responsible for two of Washington’s most iconic buildings – the White House and the Capitol.

The first President to worship at St. John’s Church was James Madison. Every President since then has worshipped here, so only three US Presidents have not sat at Pew 54 (the President’s Pew) – Washington, Adams and Jefferson.

The Church is very simple in design and neoclassical in style. It was extended in the 1820s and again in the 1880s. In 1919 the entire interior was removed and redecorated.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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