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.
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.
A free series of tours on DC Metrobus routes highlights the historic sites you’ll pass as you traverse the city. Read our latest blog post to learn more about an original series of Metrobus tours developed in the 70s–and the six brand-new tours you can explore from your smartphone.
Events and Education
May 6th @2:30pm
May 13th @12:00pm
May 20 @ 12:00 pm
May 21th @4:00pm