In the heart of Georgetown, one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest communities, the historic Evermay estate provides a rare glimpse of the aesthetic that graced the Nation’s Capitol in the early 1800s. Today it serves as the home of S&R Evermay. Built in 1801, Evermay is just a year younger than the capitol building itself. Today serves as the home of the S&R Evermay.
Founded by Drs. Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno in 2000, the goal of the Foundation is to inspire innovation and empower excellence in the arts and sciences. By selecting Evermay as its headquarters, S&R Evermay has pledged to maintain this American treasure and reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to the arts and sciences.
Completed in 1802, the stately Evermay mansion was originally commissioned by Samuel Davidson, a prominent 18th-century businessman and landowner. A Federal-style home, Evermay was designed by famous architect Nicholas King. King was the first surveyor of Washington, D.C., a gifted mapmaker and the founder of the city’s first library.
By the time the home was completed, the original estate included approximately 13 acres of land and extended all the way to Rock Creek on the east. All of the materials used in its construction came entirely from Davidson’s lands including the bricks from his brickyards and the lumber from Evermay’s wooded areas and Davidson’s nearby estates in Maryland and Virginia.
Since its completion, Evermay has changed ownership several times and has undergone additions and renovations over the years. In 2011, it became the headquarters of S&R Evermay and the home of its Overtures Artist Concert Series.
Evermay is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also a contributing property to the Georgetown Historic District and a national Historic Landmark.
S&R purchased the Evermay estate in August 2011 with a firm commitment to maintaining its historic elegance and classic charm, but they realized the mansion’s plumbing, electrical and heating systems needed rehabilitation to 21st-century standards.
The overarching vision was to create functionality while maintaining a beautiful, serene interior that provided a strong connection to the 3.5 acres of gardens that surround the Evermay mansion.
To preserve Evermay’s historic integrity, S&R worked diligently with highly skilled architects and craftsmen. Evermay’s longevity and heritage were respected and maintained to create an integral link between America’s past and S&R Evermay’s future.
Evermay Land Acknowledgement
We understand that our presence here today is a result of the displacement of indigenous communities (Nacostan, Nacotchtank, Piscataway, and Pamunkey), and the enslaved labor of Black and Brown people. Our narrative is incomplete without these stories. We are committed to researching and honoring the histories of those who lived or worked on this land before the conception of the foundation. We hope the work of S&R Evermay demonstrates progress as we convene, innovate, and grow toward more just and equitable communities.