THE 2015 CAPITOL HILL HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR: May 9 & 10
This Mother’s Day, come explore New Northeast – a Neighborhood on the Move!
Saturday May 9 from four to seven p.m.
Sunday May 10 from twelve until five p.m.
This year the focus is on the near northeast Stanton Park neighborhood with homes close in to the Capitol, east to Lincoln Park. The Tour starts at the back side of the United States Supreme Court and runs east to Eighth Street and north to E Street. We have an outstanding collection of houses this year in a wide array of periods and styles, many with unusual details. There is a wood frame home from shortly after the Civil War, brick Dutch Tudors, Victorian bay fronts, and Federal styles.
The interiors offer striking differences as well. In some homes the very walls embody a sleek minimalist aesthetic while others are steeped in Victorian dark wall coverings. There are faux finishes that are outstanding and faux-grained doors that dare you to feel for the grain. There are, to be sure, wonderful old libraries. Some in traditional Chestnut cabinets, others housed in built-ins up to the ceilings, or up winding staircases to the converted attic getaway. Speaking of stairways, there are lots of them! Wide grand double-backs, narrow servants’ steps off the kitchen, rickety stairs down to unfinished cellars, and twisting steps awaiting the unwary. Even a hidden service stairway in the center of one old house.
Art flourishes on Capitol Hill where one resident collected untold numbers of south and central American folk art while others sport ancestral oil-on-canvas portraits of almost forgotten great-great granddads. Art and artifacts from across the globe contribute to the air of history and service that is Capitol Hill. World globes from the 1860s, African tribal masks, Afghanistan sleighs, and the very traditional crayon on ruled paper.
On Sunday, refreshments will be served in the tranquility of St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church where the historic rectory is included in the tour. The gardens are a delight, serene and fragrant, a welcome break from the hustle of touring.
Addresses on the tour :
19 Second Street NE
315 Constitution Avenue NE
11 Fourth Street NE
414 D Street NE
811 A Street NE
415 Sixth Street NE
600 E Street NE
630 E Street NE
222 Eight Street NE
518 Tenth Street NE
Tickets: $35 in advance / $40 the weekend of the tour. Your ticket is good for both days.
House Tour 14 mail-in/phone Order Form
Local Ticket Outlets 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
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. Tickets may also be purchased at the houses on the tour, cash and check only. For more information about ticket purchases please call 543-0425. For more information about Hill Center please visit: www.hillcenterdc.org
Eastern Market Ticket Booth:
May 9-10, 10 am – 4 pm
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