The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, located in the historic Fraser Mansion at Dupont Circle, extends the array of Church-sponsored social betterment programs and humanitarian initiatives to the spectrum of institutions, organizations and agencies in Washington.
The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office
Housed in the historic Fraser Mansion at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office welcomes federal and state officials as well as representatives of Washington’s diplomatic missions, nongovernmental organizations, policy institutes and charitable foundations.
Visitors to the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office are welcome weekdays, evenings and weekends, to attend scheduled conferences and events or for further information or a tour.
Among the many architectural elements the Church meticulously restored in Fraser Mansion is the reception’s ornate white marble fireplace with attached settees and intricately carved floral motif mantel and frieze.
In Chestnut Hall, the National Affairs Office staff hosts seminars, roundtables, symposia and conferences of government and community groups collaborating to address social and humanitarian issues. Chestnut Hall is further configured for performances and receptions marking important occasions. The hall’s fireplace mantel and overmantel are carved of prize American chestnut trees, extinct since the early 20th century.
Fraser Parlor provides an ideal setting for informal gatherings of guests to the Church’s National Affairs Office. The room’s original architectural features have been preserved, from the inlaid ceiling panels of hand-tooled Moroccan leather to the green marble fireplace framed with a hand-carved walnut mantel.
The Pennsylvania Room
The Pennsylvania Room is configured for working meetings of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office staff and other religious and humanitarian organizations. It originally served as the mansion’s formal dining room, its large south-facing oriel window providing a view toward the White House and the Washington Monument.
The Fraser Mansion Pennsylvania Room includes an historic fireplace of hand-carved yellow marble, supported by fluted Ionic columns and crowned by an ornate floral motif overmantel. It is one of the 14 fully restored fireplaces in the landmark home, each featuring a distinct variety of marble or granite with a unique and ornate mantel of wood or stone.
The Dupont Room
The Dupont Room is designed to serve as a venue for events ranging from informal luncheons to formal banquets, for civic committees, interfaith councils, national volunteerism bodies and international human rights coalitions.
The Information Center provides an introduction to the social betterment programs and humanitarian initiatives supported by the Church of Scientology and made available to Washington through the National Affairs Office.
The entrance to Fraser Mansion, with its wide oak paneling and decorative brass handrails, stands in tribute to the building’s Victorian heritage.
The Fraser Mansion entrance foyer’s paneled oak doors and leaded glass windows are restored to their original late-nineteenth-century splendor.
Among the most notable features of the Fraser Mansion is this grand staircase, with its rare, fine-grained oak and mahogany, and intricately carved balustrades fully restored by the Church.
The arched double doors off the second-floor foyer lead to a terrace built atop the front portico, offering views of Dupont Circle and the surrounding “Old City” of Washington.
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office
The Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office is located off Dupont Circle in Fraser Mansion, a registered national historic landmark. The 24,000-square-foot building, constructed in 1890 as the home of New York stockbroker and merchant George Fraser, is the creation of noted D.C. architects Hornblower and Marshall. Under the Church’s custodianship, the eclectic Beaux-Arts, Renaissance and Romanesque building is meticulously restored to its original grandeur.