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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.
Join the DC Preservation League and the DC Historic Preservation Office in celebrating the honorees of the 2020 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Design & Construction: Chapman Stables, 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and the Department of the Interior
Stewardship: The Phillips Collection
Interiors: 915 F Street NW, Succotash
Volunteerism & Community Involvement: Greta Fuller
State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award: Carnegie Library
Individual Lifetime Achievement: Richard Longstreth
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
December 8th @12:00pm
November 18th @7:00pm
November 10th @2:00pm