DAR Museum

1776 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20006 - United States





Free Everyday

The DAR Museum tells the story of the American experience through objects and art found in homes from the colonial era through the early 20th century. The collection includes furniture, paintings, clothing, and other objects found in 400 years of American homes.


Illuminating Design: The Decoration and Technology of E. F. Caldwell and Co., 1895-1959
March 6, 2020 to December 31, 2020
This exhibit will explore how design and technology allowed E. F. Caldwell and Company to offer a variety of lighting and decorative items in order to attract business and remain competitive.

E.F. Caldwell was a New York firm which created and manufactured high-end lighting and interior furnishings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples of the company’s work are in many of the mansions built (or remodeled) during the era including, those belonging to the Vanderbilts and famed architect Stanford White in New York City, the Patterson House, Anderson House, Hillwood and the White House in Washington, D.C., and others in the Carolinas and Florida. All the DAR buildings that make up the headquarters complex have examples of E.F. Caldwell fixtures.

You can also visit our 31 period rooms that tell the story of the American home from the 1600s through the early 1900s.

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