St. John's Church

St. John's Church, Washington DC

St. John's Church
4.5
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Neighbourhood: Connecticut Ave/ K Street
How to get there
  • Farragut West • 4 min walk
  • McPherson Square • 5 min walk
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ164,602 contributions
A Beautiful Church - Church of the Presidents
Mar. 2020
A Beautiful Church - Church of the Presidents

I have visited St John’s Episcopal Church many times, as we often stay in that neighborhood.

On this March visit, we were just across the street, at the Hay-Adams Hotel, and I was glad that I visited again.

Besides being lovely, it is very historic, and worth the look around, regardless of one’s religion. Even though I am Jewish, and my wife a Catholic, this is a great church to visit.

Besides the unique history, it is lovely, and intimate, and well-worth the half-hour to explore

Unfortunately, I had no idea that rioters would set fire to this beautiful church, not too long after I visited it.
Written 16 October 2020
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ164,602 contributions
St John’s Episcopal Church – Washington DC
May 2019
St John’s Episcopal Church – Washington DC

During a May business trip to DC, I had time to spend at St John’s Episcopal Church at 1525 H Street NW, and across from the Hay-Adams Hotel, and Lafayette Square – separating it from the White House.

Though I had walked past it many times, other than giving the lovely structure a cursory look, I had never really paid a lot of attention to St John’s. However, that changed after reading a spy thriller, with the ending set in St John’s, and a tunnel, leading from it, to the White House.

While I was not expecting to tour the mentioned tunnel, if it existed at all, my interest was piqued, so I spent part of a morning exploring St John’s.

Architecturally, it’s main building is lovely, and in keeping with the chapel, so is the administrative building, just behind it. Both are done in a Greek Revival Style.

As this visit was on a Sunday, with services inside, I kept mainly to walking the outside, and then quietly ducking inside, but only for a moment.

I will be returning on a weekday, and touring more of the interior – and maybe asking about any tunnels?
Written 8 April 2020
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PearlJamDC
Maryland409 contributions
Very welcoming place
Dec. 2019
Stopped in while on a stroll on a lovely December day in DC. The church was very welcoming. It is a small church and the service is very traditionally scripted. If you are into history, definitely stop in for a visit as it is across the White House. Nice to see a part of history still existing into the present day.
Written 16 December 2019
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,662 contributions
BEAUTIFUL SMALL CHURCH FOR US PRESIDENTS!
Sep. 2019
After visiting the Lafayette Square, I crossed H Street and visited this church. I was the only visitor during my visit so I took my time admiring its colorful stained-glass windows. There are ropes along both sides of the pews so sitting down here is not allowed.

It would be an interesting experience to attend service here! Wondered if the Trumps attend service here since I heard that former Presidents and their families used to attend service at this church.
Written 21 September 2019
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Beautiful Church woth selfie
Mar. 2019 • Solo
The St. John's Church is located at the end of 16th Street and H just opposite to Lafayett Square. If you visit the White House and the President's Park, it is there. It is also known (in history) as Church of the Presidents. Many U.S. Presidents attended services here. Good looking church with good history to the Church and the U.S. as the country. Stop by for a few photos if you are in the area.
Written 9 May 2019
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shutterlab
Manasquan, NJ121 contributions
Beautiful and peaceful
Jul. 2018 • Solo
Both a historic site and an active house of worship, St Johns is an oasis of calm and reflection on the heart of the Executive Branch of the US government.
Written 5 August 2018
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jefferyp2017
San Antonio, TX1,981 contributions
Extremly historic church, it is called the church of the presidents for a good reason
Jul. 2018 • Couples
This was our second visit to DC and we had to visit this great old church again. It is located across Lafayette Square from the White House. Every sitting president has attended the church at least once since it was built in 1816, starting with James Madison.With the exception of Richard Nixon, every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has attended spiritual services on Inauguration Day, many at St. John's.It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Lots of history here.
Written 30 July 2018
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,883 contributions
Also called, the Church of the Presidents
May 2018 • Family
It's an Episcopal church that has been around since October 1816. There's a lot of history within this church. Every President since James Madison has attended this church at least one time while serving in office. Supposedly Madison's rented pew was actually Pew 28, but was later renumbered to Pew 54. It's now known as the President's Pew. However, Lincoln was known to sit in the last row (Pew 89) when he attended services there during the Civil War. He would arrive late and stay for most of the service, and then leave just before the service ended (to avoid attention). Also, it's interesting to note that the church bell in the steeple was cast by Paul Revere's son in 1822. I didn't know that while I was there.

The church is small, but it shouldn't be overlooked. It's worth a visit when visiting Lafayette Square.
Written 3 June 2018
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Bruce F
5 contributions
Nice to attend "The President's Church"
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed the church, the stained glass windows, and the service. It was Palm Sunday, so there were plenty of palm branches.
Written 5 April 2018
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northriver9
Des Moines, IA149 contributions
Historic church
Mar. 2018 • Family
We were not able to attend a service here, but enjoyed stopping in for a quick visit to soak in the historical significance of this beautiful small church.
Written 21 March 2018
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