preserve, protect, and enhance the historic and built environment
of Washington, DC, through advocacy and education.
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Builds appreciation for the city’s history.
Promotes a sense of community and place.
See what’s protected in your neighborhood.
On April 19, 1971, during the second annual Earth Week, activists marched from National Trust headquarters to the Old Post Office to join an enthusiastic crowd of about 250 placard-carrying preservationists, historians, planners, architects, and residents. It was Don’t Tear It Down’s first street action and received tremendous publicity. Five decades later, DCPL is committed to preserving our city’s irreplaceable resources for current and future generations to enjoy.
Since 2003, the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation has honored more than 115 outstanding preservation projects and dozens of individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions in support of historic preservation in Washington, DC.
Nominate a project, person, organization, or business that you believe exemplifies excellence in historic preservation in Washington, DC!
The DC Preservation League is now accepting nominations for sites to include in our Most Endangered Places list. Since 1996, this list has drawn attention to DC’s, historically, culturally, and architecturally significant places that may be threatened with ill-advised alteration or demolition through neglect or abandonment.
Events and Education
July 13th @12:00pm
July 20th @12:00pm
July 22nd @12:00pm
July 28th @10:00am