Our Industrial Past Tour – Fall 2023

Posted on July 26th, 2023 by Elizabeth Nelson

National Capital Brewery

It’s increasingly difficult to picture, but Capitol Hill was once home to many industrial and commercial operations including manufacturing, beer brewing, coal yards, and other now-vanished businesses. Traces remain; you’ve doubtless walked by them and wondered about their origins. Join the “Our Industrial Past” tour to learn about this fascinating aspect of the neighborhood.
Tour schedule:
Saturday, September 16, 1:30 pm. SOLD OUT


Residence Assoc. with Organ Factory

Reporting Illegal Construction

Posted on May 20th, 2023 by Elizabeth Nelson

The Department of Buildings (formerly DCRA, now DOB) regulates construction in the District. Any construction in the District of Columbia without required building permits is illegal. 

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2023 – Photo Contest Winners

Posted on March 20th, 2023 by Elizabeth Nelson

In anticipation of the 66th anniversary of the Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour, the Society sponsored a photo contest – “The Capitol Hill Home”. We are pleased to announce the winners:  Congratulations to Nan Raphael and Bobbi Krengel. View photos…

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More about House Tour 2023

Posted on March 9th, 2023 by Elizabeth Nelson

Celebrate 66 Years of Touring! Saturday, May 13, 4 – 7 pm – Sunday, May 14, 1 – 5 pm

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s annual House & Garden Tour is one of the highlights of the Capitol Hill calendar. Tickets are SOLD OUT!

Collect your wristband and catalog at any one of the 6 check-in locations. Then visit the tour stops below,  in any order, during tour hours. Map for your convenience. Preview the 2023 Catalog

  • 1013 I St. SE – a jewel box of a home with gorgeous custom upholstery, not to be missed [check-in location]
  • 426 11th St. SE – extensive updates since it last appeared on the Tour in 1985
  • 420 Walker Ct. (behind 426 11th St. SE) – modern construction in a historic alley
  • 1020 Pennsylvania Ave SE #503 – fantastic use of space and spectacular views from the roof top patio
  • 350 11th St. SE –  sun-filled corner house with art collected in a lifetime of travel [check-in location]
  • 211 10th St. SE – one of the oldest homes on the tour with an unusual floor plan, a cleverly designed staircase, and a guest house (first floor and guest house) [check-in location]
  • 209 10th St. SE –  amazing details with ornate plaster molding and a “spoondalier”
  • 131 11th St. SE – highly personalized renovation and unique garden (first floor and garden)[check-in location]
  • 232 9th St. SE –  completely redone inside with a southwestern vibe
  • 640 East Capitol St. NE – grand spaces and mantels, and a charming garden (first floor and garden) [check-in location]
  • 617 A St NE – a music lover’s delight with one of the prettiest facades on the Hill
  • 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (enter from E Street) – Hill Center – Check-in Location & Help Desk, open from 4 – 7 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday.  Rest facilities and treats from local businesses, Captain Cookie! and Capital Candy Jar, available at this location.
    Architectural tours of Hill Center will be offered each day at 3 pm (tickets not required).

    Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

    420 Walker Ct. SE

    426 11th St. SE

    1020 Pennsylvania Ave SE

    350 11th St. SE

    131 11th St. SE

    211 10th St. SE

    209 10th St. SE

    617 A St. NE

    232 9th St. SE

    640 East Capitol St. NE

    1013 I St. SE

    Entertainment spaces

    Guest accommodations

    Cozy bedrooms

    Elegant baths

    Dining rooms


    Amazing views

Guided Walking Tours – April 2023

Posted on January 13th, 2023 by Elizabeth Nelson

Duvall Ct. April 2023

We offered guided outdoor walking tours on April 1, 2023. Missed this? Check out our Mother’s Day House and Garden Tour, May 13 & 14.


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High Life & Low Points – October 2022

Posted on July 13th, 2022 by Elizabeth Nelson

631 Constitution Ave. NE stable

High Life and Low Points – This tour features the alleys north of East Capitol St. and west of 7th St. NE – The lifestyles, occupations, and shenanigans of the inhabitants; early industrial uses, including commercial stables and a Locomobile (early form of steam-powered automobile) shed; and efforts both to eliminate and to preserve alley dwellings. Visit 6 1/2 Ct., Millers Ct., Douglass Ct., Terrace Ct.

Plan on walking about 1 mile in a little over an hour. Be prepared to walk in any weather; a raincoat or umbrella may be necessary. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Tickets ($15) area available through Eventbrite until September 29 at 9:30 pm.

Locomobile shed – with tour guides, Angie Schmidt and Beth Purcell

Tour Dates & Times:
Saturday, October 1, 1 pm & 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 2, 1 pm & 3:30 pm

Starting location: Triangle park bounded by the 600 blocks of Massachusetts & Constitution Ave. NE. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead so the tour can begin on time.