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Location 224 2nd Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′11″N77°0′13″W / 38.88639°N 77.00361°W / 38.88639; -77.00361 Coordinates: 38°53′11″N77°0′13″W / 38.88639°N 77.00361°W / 38.88639; -77.00361
Built 1802
Architectural style Federal
NRHP reference # 91001942 [1] [2]

Watterson House is a Federal rowhouse, located at 224 2nd Street, Southeast, Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill.

Federal architecture architectural style

Federal-style architecture is the name for the classicizing architecture built in the newly founded United States between c. 1780 and 1830, and particularly from 1785 to 1815. This style shares its name with its era, the Federalist Era. The name Federal style is also used in association with furniture design in the United States of the same time period. The style broadly corresponds to the classicism of Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Regency architecture in Britain and to the French Empire style.

Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington D.C.

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It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 1992.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

It was named for George Watterston, a Librarian of Congress. [3] It was the headquarters of the Cato Institute from 1982 to 1993. [4] It is the headquarters of the National Indian Gaming Association. [5]

George Watterston Librarian of Congress

George Watterston was the third Librarian of the United States Congress from 1815 to 1829.

Librarian of Congress head of the Library of Congress

The Librarian of Congress is the head of the Library of Congress, appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate, for a term of ten years. The Librarian of Congress appoints the U.S. Poet Laureate and awards the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Cato Institute American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 by Ed Crane, Murray Rothbard, and Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the conglomerate Koch Industries. In July 1976, the name was changed to the Cato Institute. Cato was established to have a focus on public advocacy, media exposure and societal influence. According to the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, Cato is number 15 in the "Top Think Tanks Worldwide" and number 10 in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".

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