Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic Site, Washington, DC
Founded in 1878, the Cosmos Club is a private social and cultural organization whose members are eminent in their professional fields. Members have included U.S. presidents, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, and recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation.
The Townsend house, on the original site of the Hillyer house, was designed by Carrère and Hastings for Mary Scott Townsend and Richard Townsend. Completed in 1900, the house was among the first of the grand Beaux-Arts mansions lining Massachusetts Avenue. The Townsend home became a center of Washington society. In 1950, the Cosmos Club purchased the property.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, 1973
Major John Wesley Powell, explorer, naturalist, scientist, and a founder and first president of the Cosmos Club.
Portrait by E.H. Miller, Cosmos Club
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 54.673′ N, 77° 2.847′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW and Q Street NW, on the right when traveling north on Massachusetts Avenue NW. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Society of the Cincinnati (within shouting distance of this marker); Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomá G. Masaryk Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 500 feet away); From 1890 to 1910 (about 600 feet away); Dewi Saraswati (about 600 feet away); Taras Shevchenko Memorial (about 600 feet away); Before the city built a bridge (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
Also see . . . About the Cosmos Club (Club website). (Submitted on October 15, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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