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Places in the Life of Clara Barton

former Patent Office  

National Portrait Gallery

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Clara Barton worked in this building (the third oldest in Washington, D.C.), which was the Patent Office at the time. Today this building is the Smithsonian Museum's National Portrait Gallery.


American Red Cross National Headquarters

The National Headquarters of the American Red Cross is located at Seventeenth and D Streets, N.W. in Washington, D.C. Trowbridge and Livingston designed this building in 1915, which after Miss Barton's death in 1912 became the first permanent home of the American Red Cross.

  Red Cross Headquarters
Glen Echo home  

Clara Barton National Historic Site

Miss Barton's home in Glen Echo, Maryland reflects her resourcefulness. Built in 1891, she first used the house as a warehouse for the Red Cross, then modified it for living quarters and offices in 1897.

This room in Clara Barton's home and former Red Cross headquarters (now the Clara Barton National Historic Site), bears many treasures from her time. Note the portrait on the wall in the center of the picture: the charcoal-enhanced photo of Miss Barton at age 54 is the likeness of her that appears in the essay on this Web site.   room in Glen Echo house
Photos on this page by CNO


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