PHOTOS: A Reason for Any Season at Hillwood Estate

A visit to the former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post's Hillwood Estate in D.C. is never short on substance and style.

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The former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post showcases her collections, including French, Asian and Russian art and religious objects. Our favorite aspect of the entryway: the staircase. The wrought iron and gilt bronze railings are covered in purple velvet.
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The grand two-story entry hall of the estate features portraits of diplomats, socialites and politicians. Hillwood Estate is open six days a week; find visiting hours and suggested donation amounts online here.
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A thermometer inside the French drawing room. The room was filled with Beauvais tapestries, Sèvres porcelain, gold boxes, and Gobelin tapestry upholstered chairs. There are also handwritten notes from past presidents to Mrs. Post on the piano.
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The dining room was designed with French early 18th-century oak paneling, featuring rococo motifs of billowing scrolls and long-tailed birds.
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The Adam room. Named for the English neoclassical style of decoration popularized in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. English Adam-style furniture, Wedgwood jasperware ice pails on the mantle, and other English furnishings complete the Adam-style treatment of the room.
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The estate has the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia. Pictured: a gold chalice that Catherine the Great commissioned in 1791 as part of a communion set. This is inside the Russian Sacred Arts Gallery at the estate.
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The second level hall.
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Among the 25 acres of landscaped gardens sits the first-ever ever installation of art in the gardens by Philip Haas. His sculptures bring interpretation of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s botanical paintings to Hillwood. This installation is on display through March 31.
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Art in the gardens by Philip Haas. His sculptures bring interpretation of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s botanical paintings to Hillwood.
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Pictured: the entrance to the estate's Japanese-style garden. It's a blend of Japanese and American garden traditions, designed by Shogo Myaida and featuring stone lanterns, pagodas, symbolic animals and statues.
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