Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Above: The study of the Woodrow Wilson house at 2340 S Street NW in Washington, D.C., as it appeared in 1936.
Below: The same room in 2012.
The house was built in 1915 by Henry Parker Fairbanks, a Boston businessman and carpet industry lobbyist. It was designed by celebrated architect Waddy Wood. After Wilson's second term as president ended on March 4, 1921, he moved into this house with his wife and two servants. Crippled by the 1919 stroke that ended his presidency, Wilson died in the house on February 3, 1924. Knowing she wanted the house to eventually become a museum honoring her husband, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson photographed and documented each room extensively -- including the study. She often printed photographs as holiday greeting cards.