What is the church by the White House?

Was the White House ever a church?

Designed originally by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for a rich parishioner, John Tayloe, the church was uninhibited by committee votes and stood in secular glory for nearly thirty years, until the addition of columns and a steeple brought it into conformity.

When was St John’s Church burned?

Several fires were set during protests in Washington on the night of May 31, including one set in the basement of Ashburton House, the parish house of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The fire was isolated to the church nursery and quickly extinguished by firefighters.

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