Apr 27, 2019 Tour-The President’s Neighborhood: The Influence of Classicism in the Architecture of Washington's Historic Neighborhoods

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The National Civic Art Society reminds you that this Saturday April 27, we are offering a walking tour of the social and architectural history of "The President's Neighborhood" in Washington, D.C. The tour is part of our 2019 tour series "The Influence of Classicism in the Architecture of Washington's Historic Neighborhoods." 

Tour 1.   The President’s Neighborhood - Saturday April 27, 10:00am-Noon.

The White House has served as a symbol of power since December 1800 when President Adams became its first occupant. In the shadow of nearby classical government office buildings powerful people lived in stately residences. After the Civil, War, America’s nouveau riche class chose to build and reside near Lafayette Square. However, the first half of the 20th Century brought tremendous change to the area as old residences were replaced by banks, hotels, gentlemen’s clubs, national associations, and new government offices. Many of the new buildings embraced the then popular Beaux Arts style. However, in the 1960s as Modernism began to permeate the area, the tide was turned toward preservation through the vision of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Tours are limited to two hours in length and begin at 10 AM at the location indicated. The cost per tour is $10. NCAS members, students, interns, and Hill staffers may obtain free tickets by e-mailing info@civicart.org. If you have any questions, please e-mail info@civicart.org or call (202) 670-1776.

About the tour guide: Jeanne Fogle is a Washington, D.C., historian who was born in the Nation's Capital, where her family has lived for more than 150 years. She has authored three books on Washington, D.C.s social and architectural history: Two Hundred Years: Stories of the Nation’s CapitalProximity to Power, Neighbors to the Presidents Near Lafayette Square, and Washington, D.C., a Pictorial Celebration. Fogle serves as an adjunct professor of Washington History and Regional Tour Guiding and Tour Managing at NOVA. Her great-grandfather George F. W. Strieby was an accomplished fresco artist whose work adorns the U.S. Capitol.

       Meet in front of St. John”s Church at the NE corner of 16th St. and H Street.