Hillwood Estate

Historic Highlight: Hillwood Estate

Last weekend the Venyou team took a trip to the Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC. Comically, we didn't know much about the property. There are so many beautiful and historic places in the District you gloss over some. However, when we walked in, we could barely keep our jaws off the floor. This property doesn't just take the cake, it's the entire kitchen. 

Hillwood Estate was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955 with the intent to eventually be her public showcase. Post, if it sounds familiar, is of Post cereal and later General Foods. Post was merely 27 when she became the owner of Postum Cereal Company following her father's death. This deed catapulted her into the title "wealthiest woman in America."

During Post's lifetime, she became an avid art collector and amassed the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia. Her collection, exhibited at Hillwood, bares ornate Tsarist collectibles (including numerous Fabergé eggs, portraits, and icons) as well as extensive acquisition of 19th century French decor.  Though seemingly distinct tastes, Post and the curators at Hillwood, blend the stunning Rococo style and aureate decorative Russian pieces in an orchestral manner leaving the visitor astounded with riches.

Post split her time between three estates, Hillwood in Washington, DC, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, and Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks. Mar-a-Lago originally housed many of the collections pieces and is now famously owned by Donald Trump. This spectacular property is underrated in the District but is an absolute must-see. 

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