As part of its series on celebrity homes, Architectural Digest has given readers a rare look inside the Washington, D.C. home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. The 5,500-square-foot, red brick house was built in 1951, and the Clintons purchased it in 2000, after Hillary was elected to the Senate. In a tour of the main living areas of the home, the former Secretary of State shares her favorite color — pale yellow — as well as artwork from Arkansas artists Sarah Noebels and Jane F. Hankins.
“It was an emotional reaction,” says Hillary Clinton of her first visit to what is now her Beltway home, dubbed “Whitehaven” because it’s nestled on Whitehaven Street in the tony Massachusetts Avenue neighborhood of Washington, D.C. “When I was elected to the Senate in 2000, I knew that I needed a place to live while we were in session during the year. So I began looking. And, I had an experience in this house, which was just emotional. I had gone up to the third floor and looked out over the trees—to the back of the British embassy—and I just felt like I was in old-time London or New York. The gardens were just the most amazing that I had seen anywhere in my real-estate tour,” she says.
Writer Ariel Foxman also interviewed Clinton’s interior designer Rosemarie Howe, who worked on the family’s renovation of the home from 2003-2006 and designed Clinton’s guesthouse in Chappaqua, New York and her State Department office.
“The Clintons have a lovey connection to their past,” explains Howe, who not only selected the home’s furniture but also worked to place countless mementos and artworks the couple had collected over decades in the spotlight. “But it’s all with a total lack of pretense,” she says. “A key part for [Ms. Clinton] is that she wants people to come in the door and not feel intimidated. She wants a comfortable place for everyone to sit.”
According to the story, the Clinton’s New York home remains their primary residence.