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Recent Content

On Presidents and Parades – Inaugurations in the Catholic University Archives

Every four years, on an often cold and wet wintry day, thousands gather on the National Mall and along Constitution Avenue to witness the peaceful transfer of power, as one President steps down and another takes the oath of office. Being located in Washington, DC, the CUA Archives has naturally accumulated images and documents related to the preparations and events that occur before and on Inauguration Day. For more, please see

Archaeological survey - Shotgun House in the Capitol Hill Historic District - Wed - Fri (1/25-1/27/2017) - 8am -2pm


The DC HPO Archaeology Team is conducting an archaeological survey at the Shotgun House in the Capitol Hill Historic District. The vernacular frame house that once stood on the property was built by German immigrants ca. 1850 and the lot was never sub-divided. We are documenting the unwritten history of working class immigrants in 19th century DC. The team will be working there Wednesday through Friday (1/25-1/27)  from 8am -2pm. Please come by one of those days for a tour – it will only take 30 minutes or so.

HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - January 26 and February 2, 2017

The Agenda and Staff Reports for the January 26 and February 2 HPRB Meeting are posted on the website at:  https://planning.dc.gov/node/1210842 


Please Note:  The meeting will begin at  10 am on January 26 and at 9 am on February 2.


The staff report for one February 2 case will post by January 26. The case is:  


Shaw Historic District

10. 11:15 – 12:00   1532-1536 9th Street NW, HPA 17-150, concept/reconstruct front façade