Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Unassuming Crown Jewel of Washington, D.C.

Literally yards from the north side of the Capitol building sits a quiet, unassuming red brick structure called the Summerhouse.  It was built in between 1879-1881 and designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.

Alan Butler and Janet Wolter stand on either side of the southwest entrance to the summerhouse.  The drinking fountain can be seen in the middle of the structure where mounted police still water their horses while patrolling the Capitol grounds.

Janet Wolter peers into the grotto build into the ground on the east side of the structure where a spring constantly flows from the grotto.  On the winter solstice, the rays of the setting sun enter the cave in an allegorical union between the male Deity in the heavens and Mother Earth. 

The subject of his blog post is about what my wife, Janet, Alan Butler, and I consider to be the hidden crown jewel of Washington D.C.  It's called the Summerhouse and resides on the northwest side of the Capitol grounds.  It was constructed of red ochre brick in 1879 and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who was the landscape architect who designed the Capitol grounds.  Olmsted was also on the team that designed Central Park in New York City.  This unassuming structure goes virtually unnoticed by the millions of visitors to the city every year, yet it is arguably one of the most important historical structures in the entire city. 

Janet and I had first noticed the structure during a shoot for the documentary film for History Channel, Holy Grail in America, several years ago and knew immediately it was something special.  But it wasn't until we were filming an episode for America Unearthed, with Alan Butler, that we had time to investigate it.  It didn't take long before its complexity and importance became apparent.  While the three of us all put our heads together to unravel it's secrets, it was Janet and Alan who really dug in to flesh out the bulk of the important historical details.  For the those interested in reading more about their discoveries as to what the Summerhouse does, please click on this link to their website:

One of the important discoveries we made together directly connects to research I've presented in one of my previous books, The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America, and will be presented in detail, and in proper historical context, in my upcoming, yet untitled, new book I hope to publish in early 2017.  Many of the subjects I've posted blogs about in the past year will be discussed in the new book and put into proper perspective relative to the incredible story all three of us have published several books on that rewrites not only the history of the founding of the United States, but important aspects of world history.  I encourage the reader to look at Janet and Alan's new book, America: Nation of the Goddess, for other important discoveries they have made in Washington D.C., New York City, and other cities across the U.S.  For copies of any of our autographed books go to: