Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Creating Capitol Hill – Community Forum

Posted on September 24th, 2018

Architectural historian Pamela Scott, one of the authors of “Creating Capitol Hill, Place, Proprietors, and People” will discuss Capitol Hill’s early development with an emphasis on the roles played by the artisans and architect/builders who resided here on the Hill. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 

Ms. Scott will be joined for her presentation by Don Alexander Hawkins, who created the maps in Creating Capitol Hill. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event, and there will be an author signing following the presentation.

With a forward by Cokie Roberts, the book was published by the United States Capitol Historical Society.  Creating Capitol Hill, Place, Proprietors, and People recounts Capitol Hill’s convoluted and fascinating history; in four essays the story is revealed, recounted, and unraveled.

When members of the United States Congress first arrived at their new capital in 1800, they found very little in the way of housing and residential services. Local businessmen and land speculators, who were deeply invested in having their home be the nation’s capital, sought to provide for the growing federal government. In a new US Capitol Historical Society publication, Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People, Pamela Scott describes how Daniel Carroll of Duddington, the wealthy planter who owned the land on which the Capitol was built, joined with one of the original land speculators, Thomas Law, to build a local community in order to serve Congress when it moved to Washington. She will present her research at the next CHRS Community Forum. Dr. Scott is is a noted architectural historian and expert in the history and development of Washington’s built environment.

This event is open to the public, so please bring your friends and neighbors!

The presentation will be preceded by a business meeting at 6:45, at which members will approve the CHRS FY2019 budget.