50th Anniversary Celebration!
MAY 20, 2022 | 6:30 PM
MLK Jr. Memorial Library – Rooftop
901 G Street NW
— COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS —
David Bonderman ● Alison Owings ● Leila Smith
— COMMITTEE MEMBERS* —
Carol Bickley Aten ● John Bellingham, FRICS, FCIOB, FAIC, C Env.
Sally Berk ● Ward Bucher, AIA ● Richard Busch
Sean Cahill ● William Canis ● Edwin Fountain, Esq.
Karen Gordon ● Gerard Heiber ● Alison K. Hoagland
Elizabeth Merritt ● Thornell Page ● Francine Raizes
John Sandor ● James A. Smailes, P.E. ● Chuck Wagner
— CURRENT TRUSTEES —
Scott DeMartino, President ● Fay Armstrong, Vice President
Melissa Cohen, AIA, LEED AP, Secretary ● Howard Berger, Treasurer
Amy Ballard ● Philip Brault, LEED AP BD+C ● M. Jesse Carlson, Esq.
Matthew J. Daw, PE, LEED AP ● John DeFerrari ● Greta Fuller
Hany Hassan, FAIA ● Rob McClennan, AIA ● D. Peter Sefton
Joseph E. Taylor, AIA ● Benjamin L. Williams, Esq.
Jason T. Young ● Juliet Zucker
* As of 3/09/2022
50th Anniversary Sponsors
BKV Group DC ● Bonstra|Haresign ARCHITECTS ● Clark Construction Group
Eric Colbert Associates PC ● Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
EverGreene Architectural Arts ● Roadside Development ● Silman
The Durable Slate Company ● Eastbanc ● Fivesquares Development
Lorton Stone, LLC ● Menkiti Group ● Monarc Construction, Inc.
Scaffold Resource ● Simpson Gumpertz & Heger● SmithGroup
BELL Architects ● CohnReznick ● Historic Chevy Chase DC
Holland & Knight ● Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners ● Max Electrical Construction
MTFA Design and Preservation ● National Trust Community Investment Corporation
Oehme, van Sweden|OvS ● OTJ Architects ● SJG Properties
Anonymous ● David Bonderman
Mark Andrich Fund ● Fay Armstrong ● Carol Bickley Aten
Amy Ballard ● Howard S. Berger ● Juliet Zucker, Long & Foster
Richard Busch ● Melissa Cohen, AIA, LEED AP ● Karen Gordon
Chris Fromboluti ● Charles J. Robertson, III ● David Rosenbloom
Art & Nancy Saltford ● La Nilta Farrior-Taylor & Joseph E. Taylor
Jordan and Beryl Benderly ● Sanders H. Berk, MD & Sally Berk ● Richard Busch
Edwin L. Fountain ● Neal Herman ● Jason Laney ● Frank Leone and Denise Vogt
Rob McClennan, AIA ● Betsy McDaniel ● Carl & Undine Nash ● John Sandor
Robert Siciliano ● Loretta Neumann Smith and Daniel Smith ● John Suau
As of 5/3/2022
People and Places Through the Years...
In 1971, Alison Owings, a news writer and producer for WRC, was distressed about the steady destruction of Washington’s historic buildings. She wrote about losing her sense of history and place through the gradual loss of the historic cityscape. Owings felt a sense of urgency, a sense that the time had come to look at the city in a new way. Historic preservation efforts had been mounted in Washington before, but there was no organized movement to curtail the pervasive destruction that Owings observed. Encouraged by Washington Post architecture critic Wolf Von Eckardt, Owings decided that an advocacy group was needed, and she came up with a catchy name, “Don’t Tear It Down,” which legendary New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable praised for its “wonderful, direct, hortatory explicitness in a time of cheesy euphemisms.”
On April 19, 1971, during the second annual Earth Week, activists marched from National Trust headquarters to the Old Post Office to join an enthusiastic crowd of about 250 placard-carrying preservationists, historians, planners, architects, and residents. It was Don’t Tear It Down’s first street action and received tremendous publicity.