Why is St John’s Episcopal Church important?
John’s Episcopal Church was well established as “the church of the presidents,” thanks to its downtown Washington location and ability to attract famous, influential members. Benjamin Latrobe, the original architect, also designed the White House porticos and worked on the U.S. Capitol.
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.