A Monument to Equality

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Washington, DC

Our work at this historic house-turned-museum helps the National Park Service interpret diverse stories of the struggle for women’s equality. Built as a residence in 1800, the building known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument is the former headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, which played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement.

We have completed multiple research and construction projects that preserve the building, the landscape, and the stories they illustrate for future generations. Our research has focused on the role of African American and other minority women in the advancement of women’s rights.

This house became a hotbed of activism, a centerpiece for the struggle for equality; a monument to fight not just for women’s equality, but ultimately for equality for everybody.
A photo of suffragettes protesting in front of The White House.

The National Woman’s Party

Led by visionary Alice Paul, the National Woman’s Party played a groundbreaking role in the passage of the 19th Amendment securing women’s right to vote. President Barack Obama designated the now-dissolved organization’s headquarters a National Monument in 2016.

A photo of a woman.

Historic Resource Study

We completed a report documenting the history of the house and the National Women’s Party. Our research emphasized the role of women of color in the struggle for voting rights and their experiences exercising this right. The report provides critical context for future planning and restoration efforts.

A photo of the exterior of the Belmont Paul house.

House Rehabilitation

A comprehensive rehabilitation of the building’s exterior envelope and upgrades to its structure and systems help the 200-year-old edifice continue to serve as both a visitor center and a home for sensitive artifacts.

A drawing of the site of the Belmont Paul Women's Equality National Monument.

Cultural Landscape Report

This report documents the history of the landscape surrounding the building. The study recommends a rehabilitation approach to the landscape’s long-term treatment, which allows for changes that support an inclusive visitor experience and interpret significant themes.

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