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Embassy Row and Anderson House

Learn how to photograph the interior and exterior of Anderson House, home of the Society of the Cincinnati!

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Intermediate and advanced level photographers will appreciate this exclusive opportunity to learn techniques of interior and exterior architectural photography at one of the most exquisite mansions along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington: Anderson House, home of the Society of the Cincinnati.

The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, library, and museum at Anderson House in Washington, D.C.

In the spring of 1905, Anderson House was completed and took its place as one of the capital city’s most fashionable mansions—a “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence.” The firm of Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of Boston designed the mansion as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel, an author and benefactress. At a cost of nearly $750,000, Anderson House included a walled garden, tennis court, and three-story carriage house and stable.

The fifty-room mansion is Little & Browne’s finest architectural achievement. Its eclectic interiors, dominated by English and Italian influences, feature the painstaking work of craftsmen who adorned the house with carved wood walls, gilded papier-mâché ceilings, ornate iron staircases, and intricate marble floors.

Led by professional architectural photographer E. David Luria this safari will use the interior and exterior of the Anderson House to teach techniques of architectural photography that will be very useful in your future travels, such as shooting on Manual, white balance and ISO settings, use of flash and ambient light, and balancing interior and exterior lighting.

Meet at entrance to Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006. Closest Metro is Dupont Circle, South exit, Red Line.