The HABS Collection as a Resource for DC’s Vanished Buildings

  Ruppert House, courtesy of HABS. Established in 1933 as a work relief program for unemployed architects during the Great Depression, the Historic American Buildings Survey is the federal government’s oldest historic preservation program. Documentation produced by HABS, consisting of architectural measured drawings, photographs, and historical reports, is housed at the Prints and Photographs Division ... Read more

Community Photo Meet-Up

Army Medical Museum, demolished 1969. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Join some of DCPL's staff members for a Community Photo Meet-Up, beginning at the Hirshhorn Museum on Independence Avenue & 7th Street NW. This event will begin at 2:00 PM EST and will cover a span of 1.5 to 2 miles (walking). Individuals will ... Read more

Capital Losses Panel Discussion

Hay-Adams Hotel, courtesy of the Library of Congress. "Carrying the Spirit Forward” – the last updated edition of Capital Losses was published in 2003. If a new and expanded version appeared tomorrow, what lost buildings should it include? Join the DC Preservation League for a panel discussion about DC's lost buildings and their ongoing legacy. Hear from four ... Read more

Sip & Learn: Potter’s House Lecture

Join DCPL and The Potter's House team to learn about the organization's history in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Ever since opening in 1960, Potter's House has acted as a space for community connection, deep conversation, and creative expression in the District. Uniquely functioning as both an independent business and a service-providing non-profit, Potter's House has ... Read more

Legacy Business Learning Session with Dr. Elizabeth Morton

For over two centuries, Washington, DC has functioned as a center of urban life. As the city has grown and evolved, commercial businesses have benefited the population through providing services and spaces important to the community. Several municipalities and historic preservation non-profits around the nation have explored the topic of legacy businesses, as these commercial establishments ... Read more

Legacy Businesses Walking Tour

Join DCPL staff members Zachary Burt and Shae Corey for an engaging walking tour that will highlight legacy businesses' historical contributions to their neighborhoods. Bring your questions about the relationship between legacy businesses, community and historic properties in Washington, DC. This walking tour will begin at Lee's Flower Shop located at 1026 U Street NW. ... Read more

Most Endangered Places Webinar

This webinar will explore the DC Preservation League's Most Endangered Places list, which was first created in 1996, and its evolution over the years. The current list will be discussed, including a brief overview of three new properties added in 2023. This presentation will be given by Rebecca Miller, DCPL's Executive Director, and Zachary Burt, ... Read more

2023 Annual Membership Meeting and Reception

The Wonder Bread Factory 641 S Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC

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“Big Green” Site Visit in Anacostia

Big Green Site 1220 Maple View Place SE, Washington DC

Image of "Big Green," courtesy of The L'Enfant Trust.  Join the DC Preservation League and The L'Enfant Trust for an in-person site visit in Anacostia located at 1220 Maple View Place SE. The tour will primarily feature "Big Green": The L'Enfant Trust's Historic Properties Redevelopment Program's (HPRP) upcoming historic rehabilitation of a severely distressed, long-vacant ... Read more

Church of the Holy City Tour

Church of the Holy City 1611 16th Street NW, Washington DC

Image of Church of the Holy City bell tower repairs, courtesy of Rich Tafel.  Join DCPL for a tour that will highlight the history of Church of the Holy City and their recent bell tower renovation (funded by DCPL's Preservation Initiatives Grant Program). Dedicated in 1896, the building is known for its English Gothic aesthetic ... Read more