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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Mansion on O Street / Washington D.C.

HH Leonards-Spero,
Founder of The Mansion on O Street
The Mansion on O Street was described in my tourist guide as a insiders' tip. The building is a hotel and museum. And you can rent this place for events. You walk through a big house full of memorabilias from pop music history. I saw a painting by Jimi Hendrix, guitar from Janis Joplin, guitar presented by Les Paul to the museum, signed guitars by Bob Dylan, Beatles jukebox, picture of George Harrison in Hamburg and so much more. It looks like antique dealers' exhibition.

The mansion is located at 2020 O St. NW, Washington DC, 20036. Entrance: 10 USD, declared as downation (maybe for tax reason). HH Leonards-Spero, Founder of The Mansion on O Street, cashed and leaded me to the start of the tour. It was not a guided tour, so I could stay in the rooms as long as I wanted. And there was so much to see.

I walked through five floors in the building looking for secret rooms behind hidden doors. I think I found six (out of 70) secret doors.

Ted Spero
In the wine cellar Ted Spero played bootlegs he collected from his MP3 player. A David Bowie demo before he became famous, Rolling Stones artefacts, Robert Plant before he joined Led Zeppelin and more. I could listen hours.
He told me that once the Rolling Stones visited the mansion and he played a recording of a Stones studio session. They were so surprised because the Stones did not think that someone was recording that.

Omansion - in their own words

On behalf of the O Street Museum Foundation, I would like to thank you for your very generous donation in the amount of $10.00, 100% of which is tax deductible. We are very proud to have you as a member of The Mansion "family" and greatly appreciate your heartfelt support.
Your contribution will help us maintain the integrity of The Museum as well as sustain our artists in residence, and people “between lives” programs. In addition, your generosity helps to support our goal to bring thought provoking art exhibits, literary events and music performances that both entertain and enlighten.
The O Street Museum Foundation is dedicated to serving cultural, scientific and educational needs of others, with a focus on the creative process. The Museum promotes and embraces life, from every culture, resulting in a wide-ranging collection of music, paintings, photographs, sculpture, books and artifacts, many of them donated by our members, their friends and guests from around the world.
We believe that creative expression — through all forms of art and scientific discovery — is the definition of hope. Yes, some of the items on display may offend certain people's sensibilities. But our intent is clearly not to exhibit questionable works of art or insult the integrity of our guests, but to preserve history and enlighten people to learn from the past, to uplift the human spirit by helping others through a creative heart, to where we are all equal.
With this philosophy — and your support — as our cornerstone, The Foundation is a way of life. We share this world. Its all about letting go. Taking risks. And opening hearts, beyond forever.

Most humbly,

Kathy Pouliot
O Street Museum Foundation




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