Capital Houses: Historic Residences of Washington, D.C. Project
Currently I’m finishing up an exciting project that will be published Fall 2015 by Acanthus Press in New York City: a survey of the most interesting examples of historic residential architecture in Washington, D.C.. The project was conceived by Dr. James Goode, noted Washington, D.C. social and architectural historian, who has published many books on the history of the Nation’s Capitol. In addition to the book project, there will be an exhibition of the photos, and a website. The photographs will reside at the National Gallery of Art in Washington at the Department of Image Collections, available there to researchers.
Dr. Goode selected fifty works of residential architecture in Washington, D.C., as well as ten houses in its Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The houses were chosen primarily for their social history and outstanding architectural design. Their architects range from such notable early figures as Benjamin H. Latrobe, William Thornton, and James Hoban, architect of The White House, to more recent internationally known figures, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and I.M. Pei.
Some of the houses selected have remained as private residences, but others are now utilized as clubs, embassies, historic house museums, schools, and even offices. They will be arranged chronologically according to style in eleven chapters from early Georgian all the way to Art Deco and International Style. Examples include Mount Vernon, The White House, Dodge House, Petersen House (the house where Pres. Lincoln died) as well as less well-known houses, such as the Oak Hill Gatehouse, a Victorian building that houses the offices and living quarters of the superintendent of an exclusive, Georgetown cemetery.
Stay tuned for the publication and exhibition date!