Beyond the Boundaries
51st Annual Capitol Hill House & Garden Tour (and pub crawl)
May 10–11, 2008
Each year CHRS members, neighbors, and friends look forward to Mother’s Day weekend in anticipation of the annual CHRS House and Garden Tour. After celebrating 50 years of successful house tours largely centered within the Capitol Hill Historic District, this year we are focusing on Hill neighborhoods outside of the historic district.
The purpose is to highlight the Beyond the Boundaries project, a survey of the historic resources in the Capitol Hill neighborhoods beyond the Historic District boundaries. CHRS members will be familiar with this project coordinated by Board member Donna Hanousek that gathers valuable information on when the structures were built, who designed them, and how they were constructed.
All of the thirteen homes being showcased are located in the Hill’s northeast quadrant. Included are some of the most au courant and fashionable DC addresses, including Abdo Development’s Landmark Lofts at Senate Square (shown below), soon to be home to our former mayor and his wife, Anthony and Diane Williams, and well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sheila Johnson. Originally the home of the Little Sisters of the Poor and more recently the site of the Children’s Museum, the property has been fully redeveloped with exclusive loft condominiums in the 130 year old historic building. The separate community center has a club room, screening room, and catering kitchens. A couple of the most incredible lofts will be on the tour as will the roof-deck swimming pool and its spectacular views of the city. This property has not been opened to the public so tour-goers will be among the first to visit this new Capitol Hill landmark.
At the other end of the Hill is Pierce School (shown below), now apartments and the home of the building’s owners, Evolve Property Management. This too is a “don’t miss” site as many of the school’s original details have been incorporated. With a traditional backbone, this building also has a lot of stunning modern, green, and eclectic features like the entry to the owner’s two-floor home with over a dozen chandeliers in the entry!
Eleven other homes are on this year’s tour and each is remarkable in its own way. From a home with an arts and crafts motif, to the side-by-side wooden houses on G Street that used to mirror one another but now are completely different, to the home with the solarium that was profiled on Home and Garden TV, we have selected a range of architectural and design styles to delight all of our guests.
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