In March 2017, the ADA opened the doors to the ADA House. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill district, the ADA House is another way for ADA members to engage in the political process when visiting our nation's capital.
ADA House - 137 C Street SE - Washington, DC 20003
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137 C Street, SE was built in 1878 by Levi Woodbury Wheeler, who served as a captain in the Confederate Army.
- Wheeler's father, John, was U.S. Minister to Nicaragua as well as the State Treasurer of North Carolina.
- Wheeler's grandfather, Thomas Sully, was a famous artist who painted the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
The house was sold at the turn of the century to John McAuliffe.
- McAuliffe's son, Anthony Clement McAuliffe, served as a general in World War II, leading soldiers into battle on D-day and the "Battle of the Bulge."
- During the Battle of the Bulge, General McAuliffe was given a message from the Germans for him to surrender.
- McAuliffe’s reply to the German Army Generals was only one word, "NUTS!"
In 1967, the house was sold to Rogers Morton, who at the time was a Representative from Maryland. Morton later served in the Presidential Administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford as:
- Secretary of the Interior: January 1971 - April 1975.
- Secretary of Commerce May 1975 - February 1976.
- Advisor to the President: February – March 1976.
In 1973, the house was sold to Congressman Pete Stark of California, who lived and entertained in the house while Congress was in session.
In 1997, Congressman Stark sold it to Robert Thompson, who served as a Director of Legislative Affairs in the Reagan White House. Thompson eventually sold the house to The National Prayer Center.
On April 15, 2015, the ADA purchased the house.
The white marble mantel pieces in the Dining room and front Parlor were given to the house from the Washington D.C. home of President Ulysses S. Grant.
The ADA House is a multilevel venue that has the ability to host a variety of events such as breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, receptions and meet-and-greets.
The first level of the house includes a large living room, a dining room that can seat up to 22 guests, a full-kitchen, library and an ADA compliant restroom.
The upstairs consists of a conference room, a study and two additional restrooms.
The house also has a newly renovated back patio that can be accessed through the library and the kitchen.
The rental rates vary depending upon the type and length of event. For more information please contact Cynthia Taylor at email@example.com.
Policies and Guidelines
View the policies and guidelines for using the ADA House (PDF). The policies and guidelines address maximum occupancy, catering, use of technology, and more.
If you would like to know more about using the ADA House for a private event, please contact Cynthia Taylor at 202.789.5172 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ADA House is not staffed at all times. If you are planning to be in the DC area and would like to tour the ADA House, please contact us 1-2 weeks ahead of time so that we are able to make the necessary arrangements for your visit.
For more information and to set up a visit, please contact Cynthia Taylor at 202.789.5172 or email@example.com.
Directions and Transportation
The ADA House is located at 137 C Street SE in Washington, DC – directly behind the Library of Congress, one block from the Cannon House Office Building, and one block from the Capitol South Metro station.
Two-hour visitor street parking is available in the surrounding area.
For questions regarding the ADA House, please contact:
Manager, Membership and Compliance/Property and Events
American Dental Political Action Committee
For information about visiting the ADA House, please call the ADA's Washington office at 202.898.2400.
Prepared by: American Dental Political Action Committee
Last Updated: October 15, 2018