Clara Barton Lived and Worked Here:
In 1997, the US General Services Administration (GSA) discovered clothing, papers, and other nineteenth century items in the attic of 437 Seventh Street, NW. This discovery brought attention to a suite of rooms on the third floor that had served as Clara Barton's home, storeroom, and office. The rooms and artifacts, including a sign identifying Room 9 as the Missing Soldiers Office, provide new insight into Clara Barton's experience of the Civil War and her efforts to relieve the suffering of Union soldiers and their families. GSA maintains a preservation easement on the third floor. Work is underway to conserve these spaces and open them to the public as a museum.