House and Garden Tour

2016 CHRS House & Garden Tour – Return to Barracks Row

The CHRS 59th annual House & Garden Tour returns to the oldest commercial district on the Hill: Barracks Row.  Named for the Marine Corps Barracks, which was placed on Eighth Street at President Jefferson’s personal direction to shield the Capitol in the event a British invasion overwhelmed the Navy Yard. With both the Capitol Building and the new Navy Yard under construction in 1801, Eighth Street was the center of commerce for the new Federal city.  Working class housing sprang up to house the carpenters, stone masons, and plasterers flooding to the District followed by higher end Victorian bay fronts and turreted end-units as the city became established and the government took up residence.

Centered on Eighth Street, the tour includes 5th Street to 11th Street, and Virginia Avenue to South Carolina Avenue.  The footprint includes the Marine Barracks, Marion Park, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, The Hill Center, Tyler Elementary School, Eastern Market Metro, Seward Square, and Pennsylvania Avenue.  Barracks Row continues to add an exciting array of new eateries with unique appeals – many of which will offer discounts when you arrive with your House Tour ticket in hand.  We’ll have more details later.   Read More

  • The Tour is on Mother’s Day weekend (May 7 & 8, 2016).    HTposter2016pc
  • Saturday Twilight Tour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Mother’s Day Tour noon to 5 p.m.
  • You can start the tour at any of the homes on the Tour.
  • Eastern Market is the closest Metro.
  • Tickets are $40 a piece (May 7 & 8) / $35 in advance.
  • $30 for CHRS members (one ticket per member) deadline though April 24.
  • Tickets are available now through the CHRS web site, by phone or mail, and at these local retail establishments (cash, check, charge) after May 1:

Appalachian Spring at Union Station 682-0505

Berkshire Hathaway, 216 7th Street, SE

Coldwell Banker, 605 Pennsylvania Ave., SE 546-6321

Groovy DC, 321 7th Street, SE  544-6633

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE  543-3893

Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street, SE 543-1997

Labyrinth, 645 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

And at any of the homes on the tour, during tour hours (cash & check only)

Note: Hill Center is open the following hours for CHRS House Tour pick up of Pay Pal tickets, please bring your receipt.  Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-8 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm.   For more information about ticket purchases please call 543-0425.  For more information about Hill Center please visit:

Our volunteer-driven organization helps protect Capitol Hill’s residential character and the House & Garden Tour is our largest and oldest fund raiser. Known as “the guardians of Capitol Hill”, CHRS works actively to keep Capitol Hill “A Community of Choice” and to protect the integrity of the largest historic Victorian district in our country.

Platinum Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:
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Silver Sponsors:
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The 2015 Tour:

The 58th annual House & Garden Tour centered on the New Northeast – a Neighborhood on the Move! Long the quiet side of Capitol Hill, Northeast has been the focus of intense commercial development over the last few years. This tour included long established homes along East Capitol Street over to some refurbished old homes clustered around 6th & E, and a few more closer to the new H Street. Read More

The 2014 Tour:

The 57th Annual House & Garden Tour was held the traditional Mother’s Day Week-end (May 10 & 11), 2014, and carried the following theme: ” Capitol Hill, A Community of Choice, A History to Explore”.

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