The Morrison-Clark Inn, Washington DC

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Discover the Morrison-Clark Inn, which once offered lodging for servicemen when it functioned as the Soliders, Sailors, Marines and Airmen's Club in the 1920s.

The Morrison-Clark Inn was constructed during the American Civil War, in which the North and South fought one another from 1861 to 1865.

In 1864, businessmen David Morrison and Reuben Clark each owned an elegant new townhouse in a posh Massachusetts Avenue neighborhood. A later owner of Clark’s property added a Chinese Chippendale porch and Shanghai roof following a trip to the Orient.

The twin townhouses eventually merged to form a mansion and became the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen’s Club. When it opened in 1923, the club offered lodging for up to 120 servicemen at a fee of seventy-five cents per night. Each First Lady from Grace Coolidge to Nancy Reagan served as the club’s honorary chairperson. After the club closed, it was restored as a Victorian inn, retaining a number of original features including marble floors and fireplaces, wrought iron ceiling medallions, 12-foot mahogany pier mirrors and a collection of 19th century art.

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