The Presidents' Church

The Presidents' Church (HM1O31)

Location: Washington, DC 20005
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 54.404', W 77° 1.907'

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A Fitting Tribute

— Logan Circle Heritage Trail —

Through The 1960s President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family worshipped across the street to your left at National City Christian Church. The First Family sat near the front in the pew deemed safest by their Secret Service agents. The church hosted the state funeral for Johnson in 1973. and its stained-glass windows memorialize the former president with a Medicare symbol, a NASA rocket, and a pair of hands planting a tree to symbolize Lady Bird Johnson's beautification campaign. Another president, James A. Garfield, was a member of the congregation a century earlier, when the church was known as Vermont Avenue Christian Church and was located around the corner. Garfield often preached there.

Formed in 1843 as DC's first Disciples of Christ congregation, National City Christian Church moved here in 1930. The building was designed by John Russell Pope, noted architect of the National Archives. Jefferson Memorial. and National Gallery of Art The church's magnificent organ is second only to the Washington National Cathedral's in size.

On Thomas Circle, behind you, is the Washington Plaza Hotel. Opened as
the International Inn in October 1962, the building was designed by Morris Lapidus. an architect best known for the extravagant resort hotels that came to define Miami Beach in the 1950s. Skyline Inn. another mid-century modern Lapidus design, opened in November 1962 in Southwest DC.

Just below Thomas Circle off Massachusetts Avenue lies an alley known as
Green Court, once home to the Krazy Kat, a Prohibition-era speakeasy that attracted edgy young artists of the 1920s. (Marker Number 13.)
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Date Added Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323825 N 4308389
Decimal Degrees38.90673333, -77.03178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.404', W 77° 1.907'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 24.24" N, 77° 1' 54.42" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201-1299 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005, US
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