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McLean Gardens in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Friendship Estate

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
1. Friendship Estate Marker
Inscription. Friendship was the country estate for two generations of the McLean family. The English style manor house “Eden Bower” was built around 1800 by British Col. Richard Pyle. Pyle was succeeded by Georgetown University, which used the property as a retreat, popularly known as “College Villa.” In 1898 Washington Post publisher John R. McLean and his wife Emily purchased the house and subsequently made many improvements. In 1916 the now-grand estate was transferred to their son Edward (Ned) and his wife Evalyn Walsh McLean — who lived there until 1941. Ned and Evalyn were the owners of the Hope Diamond, long the Smithsonian Institution's most popular exhibit.

Friendship provided its owners with every luxury imaginable, and some that were surprising. Ned and Evalyn's children enjoyed a menagerie of domestic and exotic animals, including a white llama purchased from the Ringling Bros. Circus that roamed freely around the extensive grounds.

The Estate included a golf course built by Ned McLean. Presidents Harding and Coolidge played golf there, while Mrs. Coolidge enjoyed knitting on the front porch. Among Evalyn's friends was Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. Alice was a leading social figure as well as an irreverent companion. She is still remembered for saying
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By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
2. Friendship Estate Marker
“If you can't say something nice about someone, sit right here by me.” Friendship was razed in 1942 for war housing, and Evalyn moved to 3308 R Street, NW, in Georgetown. The original “Friendship” sign went with her , and is still visible on the house on R Street. With deepest gratitude to Peter Waddell artist, who depicts here Evalyn Walsh McLean and her daughter Emily, near Friendship mansion and fountain with the Hope Diamond
 
Location. 38° 56.311′ N, 77° 4.48′ W. Marker is in McLean Gardens, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Wisconsin Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3756 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evalyn Walsh McLean and the Hope Diamond (within shouting distance of this marker); Live on Our Stage! (approx. half a mile away); For the Children (approx. half a mile away); Winning the War (approx. half a mile away); Washington National Cathedral (approx. half a mile away); Why Are These Stones Here? (approx. 0.6 miles away); All Hallows Guild (approx. 0.6 miles away); American University (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  McLean Gardens - History
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By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
3. Friendship Estate
by Peter Waddell
. (Submitted on September 17, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
4. Friendship Estate
by Peter Waddell
Evalyn Walsh McLean and Her Daughter Emily at Friendship image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
5. Evalyn Walsh McLean and Her Daughter Emily at Friendship
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Library of Congress
6. Evalyn Walsh McLean
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Francis Benjamin Johnston - Library of Congress
7. Friendship Mansion
Designed by John Russell Pope
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By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2015
8. McLean Gardens
 
 
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