|General John Mason House (Analostan) after it was completed in the 1790s (north face).|
|After the fire of 1866 (HABS)|
John Mason was one of the most prominent businessmen in Georgetown at the turn of the 19th century. He served as a brigadier general of the District of Columbia militia, was a founder of the first bank in Washington, the Bank of Columbia in 1793 and later served as its president. He became president of the "Potowmack" (Potomac) Company, the predecessor to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company (George Washington was its first president). And in 1815, he purchased the Columbia Foundry, the largest business in Washington at the time.
|A romanticized view of Analostan, probably done sometime |
after the 1806 fire as the east wing is missing in this
|South face of the house when it was completed.|
|South elevation of west wing after the 1906 fire. (HABS)|
|Mason's Claremont plantation.|
Due to financial problems, Mason was forced to abandon his island paradise as well as sell his Georgetown house in 1833 when he moved to his Clermont (Claremont) plantation in Fairfax, Virginia.
|James Murray Mason|
The virtual reconstruction of Analostan was based on the1936 Historic American Buildings (HABS) Survey (HABS DC-28).