CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY BUYS HISTORIC DUPONT CIRCLE MANSION - 1994-04-25
The Church of Scientology has purchased a historic Dupont Circle mansion with a complex zoning and financial history, and says it will use the building for offices and other church purposes.
The Fraser mansion at the corner of 20th and R streets NW was built in the 1890s for former congressman George Fraser and has housed a series of restaurants since the 1920s. The last restaurant, Fourways, closed about four years ago. The building has been empty since then as its owner grappled with bankruptcy court and unsuccessfully tried to sell it.
"We plan to use it as a church facility," Scientology spokeswoman Pat Jones said. "We really appreciate the historic value of the property and plan to keep it that way."