To be a part of the vibrant life of the university, Dr. LeBlanc will follow in the tradition of his predecessor, Steven Knapp, and take up permanent residence on the Foggy Bottom Campus. The classic Georgian brick mansion at 1925 F Street is the residence of the 17th president and his wife, Anne LeBlanc.
Built as a private residence for a U.S. Navy captain in 1849, the F Street House was sold to a Washington businessman in 1868 and later leased to a society hostess who transformed the parlor level into a members-only dinner and social club. The F Street Club identity established during the Depression and at the height of Prohibition continued into the latter half of the 20th century.
Assured of privacy in the old mansion, diplomats took up matters of international import, from the founding of NATO to ownership of the Panama Canal. Famous journalists from Clare Boothe Luce to The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham favored the club. Eleanor Roosevelt once called it “a charming house, which lends itself well to meetings and parties.”
The house was purchased by the George Washington University in 1974, and added Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to its roster of famed visitors. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and rededicated as the GW Alumni House in 1999. In 2007, the Alumni House relocated to 1918 F Street, NW, and renovations began to transform the F Street House into both a private residence and centerpiece for the life of the university community.