Description - The Sewall-Belmont House was built by Robert Sewall in 1799-1800 and was named for him and for Alva Belmont, whose financial contribution enabled the National Woman's Party to purchase the house. It has been the headquarters of the National Women's Party since 1929. The house was designated a National Historic Site by an Act of Congress in 1974. That act also provides for the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the house in cooperation with the National Park Service.
Copyright: - US National Park Service
- Robert Sewall built the brick house in 1800, and shortly thereafter was rented to Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin from 1802-1813. Gallatin drafted the Louisiana Purchase in what is now preserved as the California Room. Not long after Gallatin left the house, British troops attempted to bring it to ruin during the War of 1812.
Located on Capitol Hill, in the prestigious location adjacent to the Senate Office Buildings and across from the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Historic Site eventually became known as the Sewall-Belmont House. Today, it serves as a testament to the fierce struggles for women's equal rights. Portraits and sculptures depict the story of early 20th-century women who courageously fought for equal treatment. Once the residence to Alice Paul, author of the Equal Rights Amendment, today the home serves as headquarters for the National Woman's Party, founded by Paul.
Recreation - The Sewall-Belmont House is open on a limited basis.
Two floors are open for visitation. Features include Susan B. Anthony's desk and the 1913 bedroom of Alice Paul, along with a banner used during the first U.S. protests.
Climate - Washington, D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be bitterly cold or pleasantly mild while summers can be miserably hot and humid or agreeably warm. The average January temperature is 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). The average July temperature is 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year to visit the area, temperatures are mild with low humidity.
Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site is located on Capitol Hill, next to the Senate Office Buildings and across from the U.S. Supreme Court.