“The Old 1899 Post Office is a massive bulwark of the city’s historic charm. Without it, all that frozen bureaucracy on Pennsylvania Avenue would become unbearably oppressive. Besides, it was there first.”
— Wolf Von Eckardt
DCPL continues to dedicate itself to meeting new challenges that are at least in part the result of past successes. As the historic preservation movement has matured, it has become an accepted element of public policy nationwide. Don’t Tear It Down/DC Preservation League can take substantial credit for this accomplishment in the District of Columbia. Over the past fifty years, the organization has worked tirelessly to preserve our city’s sense of place and save many of the unique features that define the capital city. Washington’s historic character is one of its greatest assets and a vital component of local economic development efforts.
DCPL continues to make an inestimable contribution to the protection and understanding of the history of the District of Columbia. Every member and supporter has a right to be proud of this legacy. Achieving a sound financial footing while continuing to preserve, protect, and enhance the historic and built environment of Washington, DC, through advocacy and education remains DCPL’s greatest challenge as it looks forward to its 50th anniversary in 2021 and beyond.