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Join the DC Preservation League and the DC Historic Preservation Office for the 2020 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm EST via Zoom.
Since 2003, more than 100 outstanding preservation projects and dozens of individuals and organizations have been recognized for their exceptional contributions in support of historic preservation in Washington, DC.
Awards will be presented in the following categories: Stewardship, Volunteerism and Community Involvement, Design and Construction, as well as the State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award, HPRB Chair Awards, and Individual Lifetime Achievement.
In collaboration with owner Gordon Kit, DCPL has filed a landmark nomination for the property at 3020 University Terrace NW. This residence was previously owned by David Bazelon, Chief Justice of the DC Court of Appeals, as well as Senator (and Presidential candidate) George McGovern.
Beyond its association with these famous individuals, the residence is also significant because it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, style, and method of construction. Designed by Jean-Pierre Trouchaud, the house is a synthesis of modernist and traditional Japanese architecture.
The historic firehouses found throughout Washington, DC are eclectic in style but unified in the essential purpose of keeping communities safe. The construction of these buildings over time show us the history of DC’s geographic expansion as well as the development of new firefighting technologies.
We invite you to learn more about the stories of these fascinating buildings by exploring “DC Firehouses,” the newest tour on our app and website, DC Historic Sites.Some of these historic sites still act as firehouses while others have new and creative uses. Try to spot the firehouses in your community!
Events and Education
October 29th @2:00pm
October 8th @6:00pm
October 1st @2:00pm
August 17th @2:00pm