Washington, DC

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens

Hillwood, the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post from 1955 until her death in 1977, is located in a residential neighborhood adjacent to Washington’s Rock Creek Park. The Museum is best known for her collection of nearly 20,000 objects including Russian imperial art, French 18th century decorative arts, and her personal collection of apparel and jewelry. The property includes a Georgian-style main house, greenhouse, Russian dacha, Adirondack building, and other buildings open to visitors, as well as extensive gardens and woodlands. 

Our Master Plan guides the physical realization of Hillwood’s strategic goals, expanding access to and identity of the Museum through enhanced visitor services. It includes strategies for a parking garage and new vehicular routing around the historic core of buildings. It proposes solutions that balance infrastructure improvements and deferred maintenance with reprogramming, renovation, and new building initiatives for collections presentation and growth, education, and operations. The Master Plan concludes with a phased implementation strategy, supported by project budgeting and a business plan. 

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens
Completed 2007
Project Size
25 Acres, 15 Buildings
Master Plan for Buildings and Site
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Ann Beha FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA (ABA/Annum); EDAW (Landscape); Silman (Structural); Syska & Hennessy (MEPF); A. Morton Thomas (Civil); John Milner Associates (Architectural Conservation); Wells & Associates (Traffic); Anne Butterfield Associates (Business & Development Planning); Robert W. Brown (Cost)