Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 29, 1964):
From 1879 until his death, this was the residence of George Hunt Pendleton (1825-1889), lawyer and politician. As a U.S. Senator (1879-1885), Pendleton spearheaded civil service reform. He and his committee met here in 1882 to draft the Pendleton Act, creating the Civil Service merit system. The Civil Service Commission met here for the first two years of its existence.