Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Capitol Hill’s Inhabited Alleys – Overbeck Lecture

Posted on November 14th, 2023

On Monday, December 4, at 7:30 pm, Kim Williams, author of the recently released book Hidden Alleyways of Washington, DC: A History, will tell the story of Capitol Hill’s inhabited alleys from their development in the 19th century through government attempts in the early 1900s to eliminate thousands of alley dwellings where the poorest of the city’s residents lived. She will also discuss how residents, by restoring many dwellings in the 1940s and 1950s, changed the course of the earlier demolition programs and contributed to the racial and economic transformation of those alleys.

Kim Williams, architectural historian and author of several books about historic resources and communities, serves as the National Register Coordinator at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office where her primary focus is to research, evaluate, and document properties for listing in the National Register. Her recent  book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

This lecture on Capitol Hill’s inhabited alleys will be held at Hill Center, Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited capacity. Reservations can be made at Seating will begin at 7:00 pm for guests with reserved seating.  Available seats will be released to others beginning at 7:15 pm. If you are unable to attend please notify Hill Center (202-549-4172) so that another person can attend.