Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Green Legacy of 19th Century Washingtonians

Posted on May 1st, 2019

Capitol Hill History will present at Overbeck Lecture, The Green Legacy of 19th Century Washingtonians, Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.  

While Washington, DC, is easily recognized by its skyline, the National Mall, and federal buildings, visitors are often surprised to find historic park-like neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill within its boundaries. The green spaces along our streets and the set-back buildings that line them create a distinct character unlike that of other urban areas  – and different from neighborhoods envisioned by Washington’s earliest residents.

Chris Shaheen, Public Space Program Manager at the DC Office of Planning, will explain the historic efforts that created the public spaces that came to define Washington, how the city was transformed, and ways in which the legacy of green spaces is being protected today. Shaheen, a native Washingtonian, studied landscape architecture and urban planning at Ball State University and has a graduate degree in American Studies from George Washington University.

The illustrated lecture will begin at 7:30 pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, on Monday, May 13. Admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating.

To register, go to or call 202-549-4172.

The organizers suggest that all guests arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the event. The doors will open at 7:00 for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the wait list beginning at 7:15.

If you hold a reservation and later find that you cannot attend, please email:

Overbeck Lectures are sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. 

For more information on the lecture series, visit