Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Shotgun House Revisited – Preservation Cafe

Posted on October 30th, 2017

Back by popular demand, Ruth Trocolli,the DC Historic Preservation Office’s District Archaeologist, and her associates, were the featured speakers on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Library.  Slide show from the event.

Dr. Trocolli directed the excavation of the site at 1229 E St. SE, a pre-civil war home which is often referred to as “the shotgun house” for its architectural style. She was the featured speaker at the June 21, 2017 membership meeting where she and her team presented the results of their excavation, including fascinating details of the lives of former occupants in a historic context. A display of artifacts was on view. ( July/August newsletter)

In the months since, additional analysis has been performed on the recovered materials, and further research done on archival and oral history sources. The new information completes the fascinating story of this iconic  property. You won’t want to miss it this opportunity to hear the latest chapters in the tale – and touch the bits and pieces of another time.

The Northeast Library is located at 330 7th St. NE; the presentation will be in the downstairs meeting room. Handicapped-accessible; no reservation required. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Preservation Café series is a free forum with topics of interest to the greater Capitol Hill community.

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