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Book Talk: "Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C."

Book Talk: "Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C."


Kim Prothro Williams, author and national register coordinator, DC Historic Preservation Office

Washington, D.C., has a rural history of agrarian landscapes and country estates. In 1791, the area was selected as the capital of a new nation, and the change from rural to urban was both dramatic and progressive. Author Kim Prothro Williams reveals the rural remnants of Washington's past. 

Re: Blog post: Adam Costanzo – Interview with a Washington DC History Author

Nice to see another book on DC's early days, but I think the suggestion that Jefferson had qualms with L'Enfant's grand design is off base. Once Jefferson heard the price Washington negotiated for the land, he encouraged L'Enfant to get as much land as he could for the public. Jefferson wanted a Capitol for the ages and promised to share drawing of private mansions that he had collected in Europe.

HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - September 27 and October 4, 2018

The Agenda and Consent Calendar for the September 27 and October 4 meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Board is posted on the website at: https://planning.dc.gov/node/1350026 and copied at the end of this message.  Staff reports are also posted on the website.