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
At-Large – Anita Bonds
Ward 1 – Brianne Nadeau
At-Large – David Grosso
Ward 2 – Jack Evans
At-Large – Elissa Silverman
Ward 3 – Mary Cheh
At-Large – Robert White Jr.
Ward 4 – Brandon Todd
Ward 5 – Kenyan McDuffie
Ward 6 – Charles Allen
Ward 7 – Vincent Gray
Ward 8 – Trayon White

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.             

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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
Quinn Evans Architects
Roadside Development
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Winmar Construction

Shalom Baranes Associates
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!

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



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


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

John Joseph Earley Walking and Bus Tour

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Begins at the Tivoli Theater
On the corner of 14th Street, NW and Park Road
10:00am – 3:30pm

Tour the unique works of John J. Earley, the native Washingtonian who created polychrome concrete mosaics in the early twentieth century when decorative concrete construction was in it’s infancy. This guided bus tour by Sally Berk and Patricia Cunnif will include John Earley’s own residence in Mount Pleasant, the library at Catholic University, and the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, where lunch will be served, and more.

Limited Spots Available! Registration Required!

Tickets include lunch
$45 for DCPL Members
$55 for Non-members

Extensive walking will be required when not on the bus. Please wear appropriate footwear.

CLICK HERE to register.

DC Youth Summit


The NPS, in partnership with preservation professionals and DC Public Schools, will host a youth summit October 7 – 10, 2016.

The DC Youth Summit wants to bring you into a conversation about citizenship, civil rights, and historic preservation. Tour places that matter in the history of the fight for equal rights and earn community service hours. Work with National Park Service staff and historic preservation professionals to improve the ways that these stories are told to the public and in classrooms.

In a three and a half day program, student participants will visit local sites related to the struggle for abolition, women’s suffrage, and continuing issues of protest. At the end of the summit, they will share their experiences and present recommendations for how these places can be made more relevant and engaging to students.

If you have an interest in history, preservation, and leadership, register now!

Click Here for more information and how to register.

DC Preservation League 45th Anniversary Awards


To mark the DC Preservation League’s 45th Anniversary, the organization will honor individuals, corporations, and projects that have made a catalytic contribution to the city’s civic and cultural legacy.

We are pleased to announce the following award recipients to be honored at the 45th Anniversary Celebration on May 14, 2016.

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Legacy Award

Mr. David Bonderman will receive a Legacy Award for his authorship of and advocacy for the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 and its catalytic contribution to the preservation of historic resources in the District of Columbia.

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1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW

1718_conn_image_21718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, will receive an award as a significant early example of compatible infill development in the Dupont Circle Historic District in a post modern idiom.

Awardees: David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., David Bonderman, Mel Garbow, Sigal Construction Corporation, James Cutts, Vincent Lee-Thorp



Art Deco Society of Washington and Richard Striner, PhD.


The Art Deco Society of Washington and Richard Striner, PhD., will receive an award for their important contributions to preservation efforts in Washington, DC.

Awardees: Art Deco Society of Washington, Richard Striner, PhD.



The Greyhound Bus Terminal

1100_new_york_avenue_currentThe Greyhound Bus Terminal will receive an award as an important early example of the adaptive reuse of an under appreciated historic structure that was incorporated into a market driven development.

Awardees: Keyes Condon Florance Architects (now SmithgroupJJR); Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson; Shefferman & Biggleson;
Vitetta Group/Studio Four; Wiles, Dailey, Pronske



Capitol Hill Restoration Society

chrs_walking_tourThe Capitol Hill Restoration Society will receive an award for its advocacy, education, community outreach efforts and for its early and sustained contributions to preservation efforts in Washington, DC.

Awardees: Capitol Hill Restoration Society




The Mather Building

The Mather Building (1)The Mather Building will receive an award as an example of effective public-private partnership and adaptive reuse that served as a model for projects that integrate multiple uses including office, residential, and arts functions in historic buildings.

Awardees: Cunningham | Quill Architects, PN Hoffman, Gilford Corporation, Ehlert/Bryan, Inc., Summit Engineers, The Eddy Group, Inc., EHT Traceries, Frazier Associates, Best & Joslin, Ferguson Engineering, CORE architecture + design



O Street Market

mackenzieshalomselectsostmarket16O Street Market will receive an award for historic preservation and planning for the integration of the historic market building in a large mixed-use program that also included the reopening of a portion of 8th Street, NW; the project has served as a catalyst for significant enhancement of the Shaw Historic District.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Roadside Development, Clark Construction, Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson, Girard Engineering, Cecconi Simone, Wiles Mensch Corporation


R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center

R.I.S.E Demonstration Center (2)The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center will receive as award as an example of the adaptive reuse of a non-contributing building in a historic district intended to serve as a catalyst in an under-served community.

Awardees: Cunningham | Quill Architects, GCS, Inc., Wiles Mensch Corporation, Silman, Setty & Associates, Landscape Architect Bureau, ECS Envelope & Environmental, Polysonics Corporation, Sustainable Design Consulting


Roosevelt High School

roosevelt_high_school_55300.00.j_int_atrium_2_mrRoosevelt High School will receive an award as an example of the exemplary and catalytic rehabilitation of many of DC’s historic public school buildings. The project resulted in the creation of a 21st century academic facility that retains the historic character of a treasured community resource.

Awardees: Perkins Eastman DC, Atlantic Refinishing & Restoration, Worchester Eisenbrandt, Inc., AV Smoot, Roman Mosaic & Tile Company, Heller Electric, Hayes & Howe, Department of General Services, Gilbane Building Company, Smoot Construction, EHT Traceries


Warner Theatre

warner_theater_entrance_marqueeThe Warner Theatre Block (including the new office construction to the east) will receive an award for the catalytic effect of the restoration of the landmark Warner Theatre on the city’s cultural life and the development of the adjacent E Street, NW, block that served as an early and guiding example for contextual new construction.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson, GHT, Sacha Morgan Studio, EHT Traceries, Marshall-KMK Acoustics, LTD.


John A. Wilson Building

wilson_main_corridor_corectedThe District Building (John A. Wilson Building) will receive an award for the catalytic impact of the District of Columbia Government acknowledging its civic responsibility for publicly owned historic properties and re-establishing the seat of government on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington Development Group, DC Government, Clark Construction, K.C.E. Structural Engineers, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Oehrlein and Associates, Kendal Heaton Associates


Awards Selection Jury

Special thank you to our Awards Selection Jury. 
Marcel Acosta
Benjamin Forgey
Thomas Luebke, FAIA
David Maloney
Howard Berger
Rebecca Miller