Three floors of the seasonally decorated Heurich House Museum are open for self-guided tours during Christkindlmarkt.
The Heurich House Museum was built from 1892-94 by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). The Heurich family lived in this Dupont Circle home from its completion in 1894 until 1956. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, Christian ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its fireproof construction, original interiors, and family collections. To read more about the Heurich family and their home, visit the museum's website at www.heurichhouse.org.
The museum decorates the home in accordance with Heurich family tradition. Our tree is decorated each year by our dedicated corps of volunteers and docents. All other holiday decor and floral arrangements are designed and installed by Sarah King of Mimoza Design.
Christkindlmarkt is an integral part of our seasonal display as we incorporate objects from local vendors into the home. Food items may be found in the Bierstube or on the Dining Room table. Jewelry may be viewed in the Master Bedroom and pottery fits seamlessly in with original Heurich pieces on display. We hope your visit will increase your appreciation of the craftsmanship of yesterday and today.
What you will see:
Visit the Bierstube, Christian's beer-drinking room that later became the "Breakfast Room".
Peek in the boiler room to see systems once needed to run this house!
The Reception Room is what we would today call a living room. Here is where Christian and Amelia would read, relax and in later years, watch TV!
Karla Heurich, the youngest Heurich daughter, was married in the Front Parlor on December 26, 1931.
The Music Room boasts an original 1901 Steinway Series C piano. It still works!
The Dining Room is full of ornate wood carvings by German immigrant and local craftsman August Grass. See the dining room table set for Christmas dinner.
The family placed their Christmas trees in the Conservatory, a tradition we still continue today.
The Master Bedroom is the site of Christmas wrapping. The two twin beds are original to the home!
Mrs. Heurich's Boudoir is where you can see a display of her needlework, the children's toys and holiday cards the Heurich family received over the years.