House and Garden Tour

The New Northeast – A Neighborhood on the Move!

The CHRS 58th annual House & Garden Tour heads over to the New Northeast this year. Long the quiet side of Capitol Hill, Northeast has been the focus of intense commercial development over the last few years. Most we like, some we don’t. But change has come. This year’s tour takes us from 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.

We continue to find great variety in our Capitol Hill homes. Some haven’t changed much in a hundred years, for others only the bricks are historic. This year we found cozy attic libraries, grand master bedrooms, and basement in-law suites. There are rickety stairs down to unfinished cellars, back stairways for the staff, and crooked stairs right out of Hogwarts. We have several promising gardens, let’s see what spring brings! And lots of art this year: traditional oil-on-canvas ancestral portraits, South African tribal masks, Central American folk art, and modern still lifes. As always on the Hill we have some great libraries, unique collections, and outstanding wall treatments.

The Tour is on Mother’s Day weekend (May 9 & 10).

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. Union Station is the closest Metro.

Tickets are $40.00 a piece (May 9 & 10) / $35.00 in advance

$30.00 for CHRS members (limit of two) deadline extended though May 1.

Tickets are available through the CHRS web site, by phone or mail, and at these great 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

homebody, 715 8th Street, SE  544-8445

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.


Last Year’s 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”.

2013 H&GT