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Knollwood/Army Distaff Foundation

6200 Oregon Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20015

About Knollwood/Army Distaff Foundation

Since Knollwood opened its doors in 1962 as the first military retirement community in the United States exclusively for retired officers and female relatives, the mission has been to provide affordable, secure retirement housing and health care to members of the American military family. The Army Distaff Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has managed this unique community for more than 50 years, offering a continuum of care to best fulfill the physical and emotional needs of each resident.

Knollwood sits atop 16 exquisitely green acres bordering Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. The location combines the best of both worlds -- the peaceful solitude of a country estate with the amenities and energy of our nation's capital. As residents say, "Life at Knollwood is easy."

At Knollwood, residents have the opportunity to live with others who have experienced the unique life of the military family. Old friendships are renewed and new friends are discovered. It is a community in which one instantly feels "at home."

Knollwood continues to carry out this vision…today and into the future.




Type of Community Total Units Cost Range Amenities
Retirement Communities (CCRC)
  • 165 Independent Units
  • 42 Assisted or Personal Care Units
  • 60 Nursing Units
  • Monthly Cost:
    $1,553.00 - $4,977.00
  • Entry Fee:
    $10,000.00 - $800,000.00
  • Indoor Pool
  • Golf Course
  • Fitness Area
  • Gardening Area
  • Pets Allowed
Independent Living
  • 165
  • Monthly Cost:
    $1,553.00 - $4,977.00
  • Private Transportation
  • Pets Allowed
  • Beauty Barber
  • Gardening Area
  • Fitness Area
  • Dining Facilities
  • Wellness Center
Assisted Living / Personal Care
  • 42
  • Monthly Cost:
    $5,983.00 - $9,574.00
  • Private Units
  • Scheduled Transportation
  • Alzheimers Care
  • Gardening Area
Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • 68
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Daily Cost Low
  • Daily Cost High
  • Hospice Care
  • Iv Therapy


With four levels of living at Knollwood, the community offers a wide variety of activities and events tailored to resident's needs and levels.

Click here to access the calendar of events

Plan your visit to Knollwood around a specific activity you are interested in!


Residents enjoy dining at Knollwood

  • Knollwood Café, open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Elegant, full-service dining room where three meals are served daily


As an international hub, the food selection in Washington, D.C. is sure to cater to any culinary aficionado or hungry diner. Cuisine choices range from French to Mediterranean to Latin while price ranges vary just as much. Knollwood's "Lunch Bunch" picks a new spot to try each month, from top Zagat-rated restaurants to neighborhood favorites down the street.

Resident / Staff


BG J. Frank Hennessee, USA, Ret
Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer

COL James F. Laufenburg, USA, Ret
Deputy Director / Chief Operating Officer

Enrico Santos
Chief Financial Officer

CAPT Craig Sackett, USN, Ret.
Independent Living (Hall) Administrator

Gerri Flowers
Assisted Living (Terrace) Administrator

Barbara D’Agostino
Health Services Center & Special Care Center Administrator

Pat Johnson
Director of Human Resources

Kristina J. Vest
Director of Marketing & Admissions

Ashleigh Seidler Hughes
Director of Development & Capital Campaigns

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