DCPL Announces New Officers!

A new slate of officers has been elected to lead the DC Preservation League Board of Trustees.

President

Scott DeMartino joined the DCPL Board of Trustees in 2012 and served as its Vice President since 2015. He serves on the Government Affairs Committee that pursues issues relating to government and its impact on preservation. The Committee monitors city and federal government planning decisions that may impact Washington’s historic resources, while advocating for sound historic preservation policy.

In his professional life, Scott is a member of Dentons’ Real Estate practice. He concentrates on real estate and renewable investments that yield economic, cultural and sustainable community benefits to investment partners. To this end, Scott teams with lenders, investors, developers and nonprofit sponsors to advise on how best to utilize historic rehabilitation tax credits (HTCs) and new markets tax credits (NMTCs), as well as renewable energy tax credits (RETCs), as sources of financing. These investment tools bring much-needed capital to construct and rehabilitate health care centers, charter schools and residential rental and commercial facilities, as well as historical arts and community spaces and renewable energy facilities, many in historic or underserved communities.

Vice President

Fay Armstrong joined the DCPL Board of Trustees in 2011 and is an active member of DCPL’s Government Affairs Committee. She came to Washington in 1976 to work for the U.S. Department of State. Over a thirty-year career, she focused primarily on legal and policy matters related to Latin America and the Caribbean. On the weekends, she renovated a 1903 house in Mount Pleasant, learning both what to do and not to do. She has been President of Historic Mount Pleasant since 2006 and is active in the Historic Districts Coalition and with other neighborhood preservation groups in the District.

 

Secretary

Kate Olson joined the DCPL Board in 2010 and serves as its Secretary. She grew up in the historic Hudson Valley with a deep appreciation for the interplay of history, architecture and landscape. After attending a Preservation League of New York State conference in college Kate knew she wanted to pursue a profession involving historic preservation law. At Vassar she interned at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and during her last year at Vermont Law School she interned both at the Vermont State Historic Preservation Office and the general counsel’s office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Upon graduation she returned to NTHP and worked there for five years before moving on to private practice. As an associate at the law firm of Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C., Kate advises and represents clients on matters involving land use, zoning, and historic preservation. She represents clients before the D.C. Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment and other District and federal agencies involved in land use and historic preservation matters. In her spare time she can be found cycling with her husband.

Treasurer

Howard Berger is a longtime member and supporter of DCPL.  He began his second term on the DCPL Board in 2012 and now serves as co-chair of the Development Committee.  Mr. Berger is Supervisor of the Prince George’s County Planning Department/M-NCPPC Historic Preservation Section. He began his tenure there in 1988 and thus has extensive experience with all aspects of preservation planning

 

Please join us in thanking DCPL’s immediate past president John Sandor for his leadership and service.  Mr. Sandor will be rotating off the Board at least for the coming year, we are confident we will continue to see him at DCPL events!

We also extend our sincere gratitude to all the members of the Board of Trustees for their time and commitment to the preservation and protection of Washington’s historic and built environment.  DCPL’s Board is comprised of individuals who have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation and the work of the organization. Board members rise to leadership positions through participation on committees. If you have an interest in joining a committee, please click here to fill out the volunteer form. We ask that all volunteers have a current DCPL membership.

Finally, a special thank you to DCPL’s dedicated members and donors who support DCPL’s mission.  It’s with the help of supporters like you that we are able to protect the District of Columbia’s irreplaceable historic and cultural resources.

Bloomingdale Historic District Presentation

On December 6th, the Bloomingdale Historic District Coalition held a community meeting present the history and significance of the Bloomingdale neighborhood. A copy of the presentation can be viewed by clicking the photo below! Comments by Mara Cherkasky of Prologue DC can be found in the document by clicking the yellow pop up symbol in the upper left corner. If you have trouble viewing the notes in the pdf below, please click on this link that has smaller images with the associated text.

Tell DC Council to Support Increased Funding for HPO

Advocacy Alert!

As a supporter of Historic Preservation in the District of Columbia, we know you care deeply about the irreplaceable historic resources that make our city unique.

To protect these unique resources, the city must provide adequate funding to the DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO) in order to effectively review the issuance of city work permits, inspect work to ensure conformity with approved work permits, issue fines for illegal work that threatens the character of our historic neighborhoods, research and document undesignated landmarks and districts, and educate residents through city outreach programs.

Please send an email to your individual councilmember and the four at-large members asking them to support increased funding for the HPO!

DCPL has testified before the DC Council to request a $1,000,000 funding increase for HPO in the FY18 budget. This increase would enable HPO to provide:

  1. Funding for two (2) new full-time employee (FTE) staff members to actively participate with the inspectors to ensure effective enforcement.
  2. Funding to add information regarding enforcement status to the current online DCRA Property Information Verification System (PIVS).
  3. Training for Historic Preservation Review Board members on the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation, criteria for designation of historic landmarks and districts, and the process and procedures associated with their mandate.
  4. Training for current and new ANC Commissioners to help demystify the process and encourage a better understanding of and appreciation for the historic preservation process.
  5. Increased funding to support outreach, educational programming, and research and grant programs including the DC Community Heritage Project Grant administered by Humanities DC, the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, and research and documentation grants to further historic preservation in the District of Columbia.

Please use the links below to communicate with the DC Council. Please see sample letter here.
Not sure who your councilmember is? Click here to look it up by address.

Chairman Phil Mendelson
pmendelson@dccouncil.us
At-Large – Anita Bonds
abonds@dccouncil.us
Ward 1 – Brianne Nadeau
bnadeau@dccouncil.us
At-Large – David Grosso
dgrosso@dcouncil.us
Ward 2 – Jack Evans
jevans@dccounil.us
At-Large – Elissa Silverman
esilverman@dccouncil.us
Ward 3 – Mary Cheh
mcheh@dccouncil.us
At-Large – Robert White Jr.
rwhite@dccouncil.us
Ward 4 – Brandon Todd
btodd@dccounil.us
Ward 5 – Kenyan McDuffie
kmcduffie@dccouncil.us
Ward 6 – Charles Allen
callen@dccounil.us
Ward 7 – Vincent Gray
vgray@dccouncil.us
Ward 8 – Trayon White
twhite@dccouncil.us

Thank you in advance for taking the time to encourage increased funding for these valuable city-wide programs!

2017 Annual Fundraiser

Join members and friends of the DC Preservation League to celebrate its crucial role as the leading advocate for the preservation and protection of the irreplaceable historic resources in the District of Columbia. Revenue from tickets and sponsorships bolster DCPL’s ability to advocate for the preservation, protection, and enhancement of Washington’s historic and cultural resources. In addition, these funds will help underwrite DCPL’s outreach and educational programming throughout our community.             

Click here for tickets! | Click here to sponsor!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Eric Colbert & Associates, PC
Dentons US LLP
Kindy French
GCS | SIGAL
Quinn Evans Architects
Roadside Development
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Winmar Construction

Shalom Baranes Associates
EastBanc
The JBG Companies
Lincoln Property Company
Long View Gallery
PN Hoffman
Wagner Roofing Company
Juliet Zucker, Long & Foster Real Estate

Fay Armstrong
Ballard Spahr LLP
Boston Properties
John DeFerrari and Susan Decker
EYP Architecture & Engineering
Federal City Caterers, Inc.
First Potomac Realty Trust
Grossberg, Yockelson, Fox & Beyda. LLP
Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
Keast & Hood
Donald Beekman Myer, FAIA
National Trust Community Investment Corporation
Ruben Companies
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation

Support DCPL with a Year-End Gift

 ‘Tis the season for charitable giving and we hope DCPL makes your list! Donations from members and other supporters are crucial to DCPL’s work as they underwrite efforts to:
  • identify historic buildings, neighborhoods, and cultural sites that should be preserved under the DC Preservation Act;
  • offer a variety of educational programming that informs the community about preservation; and
  • advocate for sound historic preservation policy at the local and federal levels.
DCPL is a 501(c)(3) organization and all year-end gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

DC Historic Sites App in the news!

Discover the history behind sites you pass every day and don’t notice.

By Holly J. Morris, Friday, June 3, 2016, Washington Post

>>> CLICK HERE to read the full article on the DC Historic Sites App and Website.

DC Historic Sites, a free iPhone and Android app created by the DC Preservation League, serves up the DC Inventory of Historic Sites with photos, blurbs and maps. Most of the app’s contents are far humbler than the big monuments (though those are in there, too): apartment buildings, churches, obscure statuary and more. Here are some of the sites we discovered when we tried it out.

2019 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

preservationawards-11822Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations in support of historic preservation in the District.

Upcoming Awards

Nominate your own project or one you admire! The next awards program will take place in May 2017. The ONLINE APPLICATION  is due November 16, 2018. An Instructions Guide is attached below.

Past Awards Programs

District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

preservationawards-11822Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations in support of historic preservation in the District.

Upcoming Awards

Nominate your own project or one you admire! The next awards program will take place in May 2017. The ONLINE APPLICATION  is due November 18, 2016. An Instructions Guide is attached below.

Past Awards Programs

2016 Annual Membership Meeting

 

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Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 – 8:30pm

6:30pm Program | Reception to Follow

Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting & Reception on November 10th!

Free to Members
Non Members – $55.00 (Fee includes one-year individual membership)

Space is limited! Registration is required.

Click here to register for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting.

Sponsored in Part By:

Energy Efficiency and Old Homes: Cleveland Park

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Energy Efficiency and Old Homes
Saturday, September 24, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cleveland Park Congregational Church
3400 Lowell Street, NW

We all want to make our houses more comfortable and efficient. Green technologies offer opportunities to save money while helping to protect our environment and can be implemented without sacrificing the architectural integrity of your home or violating historic district guidelines.

Come learn about energy audits and what home improvements are the most cost effective with particular attention to the issue of window repair and replacement and integrity.

Speakers are Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, a managing member of ENCORE Sustainable Design, working to combine historic preservation with energy efficiency and sustainable design; and John Sandor, an architectural historian and expert in the repair and replacement of windows in historic buildings.

This is a FREE event open to the public.

Click Here to let us know you are coming!

In Partnership With
Cleveland Park Historical Society