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2019 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Preservation Awards

Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations in support of historic preservation in the District.

Lecture: Harry Wardman’s Washington Monday, May 6, 2019

Lecture: Harry Wardman’s Washington


Sally Berk, former director, DC Preservation League

Sally Berk will share her expertise on early twentieth-century residential developer Harry Wardman. In addition to institutionalizing the front-porch row house, Wardman developed and constructed every residential building type in Washington, D.C., significantly influencing the look and feel of our city's residential neighborhoods.

Musical tribute to Emily and Mary Edmonson and the escape on the schooner Pearl

Click: https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/troubled-waters

"Troubled Waters" is written by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. 
Joe DeFilippo: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar ; Bill Phelan: electric guitar, whistle ; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: percussion, keyboards, horns. 
Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD
Pictured: Book by author, Winifred Conkling