Church of the Epiphany
One of DC’s key historical churches, the Church of the Epiphany has been a place of worship since 1842, and is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Once frequented by figures like President Abraham Lincoln and known for its Civil War associations, the church is just a quick commute from the White House.
Designed by architect John W. Harkness in the Gothic Revival style, the Church of the Epiphany is distinct for its snow-white exterior and soaring tower. A historical highlight in downtown DC, the religious landmark is especially known for its Civil War–era history: its congregation had included members like Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln, and was split by the conflict; the landmark was also later used as a wartime hospital. The church is now a popular destination for history enthusiasts and sightseers, as well as local worshippers.
The Church of the Epiphany is just three blocks from the White House, and is also a quick commute from the National Mall and other DC highlights. As such, it’s easy to plan an independent visit as part of a sightseeing day out.
Things to know before you go
- There is no dress code for visitors to the church, and it is open to one and all.
- The church hosts a weekly “Street Church” service in nearby Franklin Square Park.
- Be sure to peek inside: the church is celebrated for its striking interior woodwork.
How to get there
The Church of the Epiphany is located on G Street NW in downtown DC’s Penn Quarter. To get there via public transportation, take the Red, Blue, Orange, or Silver Metro lines to Metro Center. The area is also served by local bus lines, and can be reached by car (the PMI Garage is located close by), by Capital Bikeshare, or on foot.
When to get there
The Church of the Epiphany is open to visitors every day of the week except Saturday. Services are held once a day, except on Sundays, which see three services. If you visit during service time, be sure to be quiet and respectful of worshippers.
The Tuesday Concert Series
If you’re visiting downtown DC on Tuesday and find yourself with time to spare around lunch, head to the Church of the Epiphany to take in its Tuesday Concert Series. Beginning at 12:10pm and lasting 45 minutes, each weekly performance is free for all to attend, and showcases local and visiting soloists, choirs, and other musicians. The Washington Bach Consort and faculty from the Levine School of Music also regularly perform.
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