Perhaps the best-known example of a home associated with the National Cathedral is Bratenahl House, named for the Very Rev. George C. F. Bratenahl (dean 1916–1936) and his wife Florence, who designed it. Walter Lippmann, who purchased the house in 1945 from Mrs. Bratenahl’s heirs following her death in 1940, returned ownership of the house to the Cathedral in 1967. Cathedral clergy did not live at Bratenahl House again until 1985, however, when it became the residence of Canon Provost Charles Perry and every succeeding dean.

You don’t have to live next to the Cathedral to make a difference with your gift of a house or other real estate. As Mrs. Caldwell has found, any gift of personal property can make a significant contribution to the Cathedral’s life and work. There are many ways to prepare your donation to the best-possible financial advantage. Some types of gift can even provide income for you or your beneficiaries now, such as the Charitable Remainder Unitrust. More information about the options is available online at

The Cathedral can help make arrangements convenient and successful for you. To learn more, email Marilyn Kochan ([email protected]) or call her at (202) 537-5747.