November 2, 2009

National Trust (US) Walking Tour

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US has just announced a walking tour of once-endangered buildings in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 21.

“Begin with a stop at 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., the Beaux Arts headquarters of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  national trust us hqUncover the stories of Decatur House -- designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, whose prior work includes a wing of the Capitol -- on an insiders' tour. decatur-house Lunch on your own at Barracks Row, a thriving, revitalized community in the Capitol Hill Historic District and the oldest commercial area in Washington, D.C. Barracks Row An architectural walking tour through the Embassy Row neighborhood features grand 19th-century mansions. Embassy_Row Stop at the Georgian revival home of Woodrow Wilson -- now a house museum -- that showcases a collection including gifts of state from around the world. 505px-Woodrow_Wilson_HouseAttend an elegant tea at the Mayflower Hotel, considered the grande dame of luxury hotels by Washington's elite when it opened more than 80 years ago. Mayflower Hotel Conclude with an exterior look at the Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries Building, currently closed for renovations.”Smithsonian BldgArchitectural historian, author and National Trust employee Dwight Young will lead the tour and tickets can be booked here.


  1. Everything happens the same day. Otherwise Mrs. E. and I would drive up to meet you! Take lots of photos. I do love Washington.

  2. I used to dream of living in Decatur House and filled my head with stories of the Beales, who once owned it. I was quite fascinated by Emily Beale (mother-in-law of Evalyn Walsh McLean), who was fictionalized as Miss Dare in Henry Adams's Democracy.

  3. News has it that you will be in my neck of the woods?
    Love to take you to Stone Barns nearby or meet in the city?
    let me know -

  4. What a great idea! I know most of these buildings but haven't been inside all of them. Thanks for the heads-up.

    P.S. Love the beautiful photo of the Washington Monument.

  5. You're making me homesick for Washington! Although I love living in NYC - Washington has my heart! -Abbey (& Wendy)


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