Photo Contest

Posted on January 1st, 2017 by Elizabeth Nelson

In anticipation of the 60th anniversary of the Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour, the Society sponsored a photo contest – “The Capitol Hill Home” – entries were due February 25, 2017.  winners

The details:

You know it when you see it. The quintessential Capitol Hill home. For Patrick Crowley, our House Tour Chair, it’s the bay-front Victorian. Arched windows, of course. Tall double door front entry. Iron steps. Hairpin fence out front.  Muted complimentary paint treatment on the brick window trim.

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However, it’s often not the house itself but some almost hidden feature of the house or garden that defines the whole structure. The contributing thing that steals the show: the iron front steps, brick detail over the front door, the painted transom window, or the rusted fountain in the yard.

Walk down any Capitol Hill street and – if you pay attention – you can find these gems at house after house. A small, round window overlooking an alleyway; an old corbel architectural adornment has no structural function but defines the home nonetheless; the wide front porch with a swing hanging from chains.

We’d like to hear how you define “The Capitol Hill Home.”  Even better, show us – take an exterior shot of what you think makes a home a Capitol Hill home.

Email the photo to us at Be sure to include your name and address, email address, and the address of the property in the photo.

The winning images were awarded two complementary passes to the 2017 CHRS Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour and are displayed on the website.

In submitting your photo to the CHRS 2017 House Tour photo contest, you agree that it will become the property of CHRS, which may reproduce, modify, and digitize and adapt the photograph. You retain the right to continued use of the image.

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