Friday, April 26, 2013
Partners in Preservation, a partnership between American Express Co. and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, lets you vote for deserving historic sites in the DC area.
Georgetown University, Dumbarton Oaks Park, Washington National Cathedral and others are among a field of 24 DC area historic sites vying for $1 million in grants from Partners in Preservation. The initiative stems from a partnership between American Express Co. and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The contest lets you vote online for your favorite local historic site. The site with the most “votes” online wins full funding for its preservation project. “Washington’s historic sites reflect not only important chapters in our nation’s history, but also the diversity and unique character of our city,” Mayor Vincent Gray said in a press release. “Partners in Preservation celebrates these places by encouraging the public to support…
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. highlights more than 75 sites in the District and Arlington, Va.
Eight Georgetown sites are featured prominently in the recently released Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. The new guide profiles 75 historic, modern and contemporary landscapes in D.C. and Arlington, Va. "D.C.’s vibrant public realm didn’t just magically appear but was carefully designed over the years, and is continually evolving, through interactions among elected leaders, communities and landscape architects,” said Nancy Somerville, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), in a press release. Somerville and ASLA hope the guide will inspire the estimated 19 million tourists who visit the region annually. The information is organized into 16 tours spread across D.C.'s four …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Last Friday's derecho wrecked havoc on the neighborhood.
The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the National Park Service are asking for the Georgetown community to band together to help with post-derecho cleanup. Volunteers are encouraged to bring family and friends to help out on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. "Work will involve pruning and sawing fallen tree limbs, hauling tree debris to pick-up points, and raking paths," an email from the Conservancy explains. Volunteers should wear "lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes." The conservancy will supply all the tools (and water and snacks) to help get the job done. To register to volunteer, email Ann Aldrich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan on meeting at the top of Lovers' Lane at R Street, NW at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The Old Georgetown Board shared concerns that were raised by neighbors about the proposed massing of the building at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue.
Dumbarton Oaks will have to reconsider the massing and proposed height of the planned addition for its property at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue after the Old Georgetown Board meeting Thursday. The 1950s-era building, built in the Colonial style, has been purchased by Dumbarton Oaks to house its fellows. The redesign plan for 1700 Wisconsin Ave. calls for a "comprehensive modernization," including window replacements, a brand-new geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and 25 residential units to house fellows. A fourth floor would be added to the existing structure, as well as another side addition, and a tall, modern glass window would run up the center of the building. A vertical garden is planned for the west facade. At the OGB meeting …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The board met on Wednesday to discuss this project and others.
After reviewing plans to remodel the building at 1700 Wisconsin Ave., the Old Georgetown Board gave project developers feedback and asked for more input from nearby residents. No vote to approve the plans was taken. The 1950s-era building, built in the Colonial style, has been purchased by Dumbarton Oaks to house its fellows. Architect Ralph Cunningham, of D.C.-based Cunningham-Quill Architects, presented the remodel plans to the board and said developers planned to hold a meeting with the community on the redesign sometime in the next four weeks, but did not offer a specific date. Anne Lewis, one of three members of the Old Georgetown Board, called Dumbarton Oaks an asset to the community. She voiced some aesthetic concerns with the …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Conservancy was announced April 12 on the 70th anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks Park.
Dumbarton Oaks Park celebrated its 70th anniversary April 12 and officially announced the Dumbarton Oaks Park Concervancy. The 27-acre park spans the northern part of Georgetown and has fallen into disrepair due to lack of funds. “Our goal is to work with the National Park Service and other key stakeholders to develop a long-range plan to restore the Park and raise funds to endow its maintenance in perpetuity,” said Jane MacLeish, a landscape designer and Conservancy founder, in a press release about the announcement. The Park was separated from Dumbarton Oaks Estate, given to the federal government and opened to the public April 12, 1941. It is managed by the National Park Service as part of Rock Creek Park. The park's deterioration is …