Support DCPL with a Year-End Gift

 ‘Tis the season for charitable giving and we hope DCPL makes your list! Donations from members and other supporters are crucial to DCPL’s work as they underwrite efforts to:
  • identify historic buildings, neighborhoods, and cultural sites that should be preserved under the DC Preservation Act;
  • offer a variety of educational programming that informs the community about preservation; and
  • advocate for sound historic preservation policy at the local and federal levels.
DCPL is a 501(c)(3) organization and all year-end gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

2019 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

preservationawards-11822Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations in support of historic preservation in the District.

Upcoming Awards

Nominate your own project or one you admire! The next awards program will take place in May 2017. The ONLINE APPLICATION  is due November 16, 2018. An Instructions Guide is attached below.

Past Awards Programs

District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

preservationawards-11822Since 2003, the Historic Preservation Office has sponsored the District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. These awards honor outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations in support of historic preservation in the District.

Upcoming Awards

Nominate your own project or one you admire! The next awards program will take place in May 2017. The ONLINE APPLICATION  is due November 18, 2016. An Instructions Guide is attached below.

Past Awards Programs

2016 Annual Membership Meeting



Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia
2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 – 8:30pm

6:30pm Program | Reception to Follow

Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting & Reception on November 10th!

Free to Members
Non Members – $55.00 (Fee includes one-year individual membership)

Space is limited! Registration is required.

Click here to register for the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting.

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Energy Efficiency and Old Homes: Cleveland Park


Energy Efficiency and Old Homes
Saturday, September 24, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cleveland Park Congregational Church
3400 Lowell Street, NW

We all want to make our houses more comfortable and efficient. Green technologies offer opportunities to save money while helping to protect our environment and can be implemented without sacrificing the architectural integrity of your home or violating historic district guidelines.

Come learn about energy audits and what home improvements are the most cost effective with particular attention to the issue of furnace high limit switch repair and replacement and integrity. And if you need a new furnace installation, make sure to contact professional HVAC techs who can provide furnace installation in North Florida. You may also consider hiring a team of experts like rochester ac maintenance services. And if you need fuse box repair services, make sure to contact professionals.

Speakers are Nakita Reed, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, a managing member of ENCORE Sustainable Design, working to combine historic preservation with energy efficiency and sustainable design; and John Sandor, an architectural historian and expert in the repair and replacement of windows in historic buildings.

This is a FREE event open to the public.

Click Here to let us know you are coming!

In Partnership With
Cleveland Park Historical Society

John Joseph Earley Walking and Bus Tour

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Begins at the Tivoli Theater
On the corner of 14th Street, NW and Park Road
10:00am – 3:30pm

Tour the unique works of John J. Earley, the native Washingtonian who created polychrome concrete mosaics in the early twentieth century when decorative concrete construction was in it’s infancy. This guided bus tour by Sally Berk and Patricia Cunnif will include John Earley’s own residence in Mount Pleasant, the library at Catholic University, and the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, where lunch will be served, and more.

Limited Spots Available! Registration Required!

Tickets include lunch
$45 for DCPL Members
$55 for Non-members

Extensive walking will be required when not on the bus. Please wear appropriate footwear.

CLICK HERE to register.

DC Youth Summit


The NPS, in partnership with preservation professionals and DC Public Schools, will host a youth summit October 7 – 10, 2016.

The DC Youth Summit wants to bring you into a conversation about citizenship, civil rights, and historic preservation. Tour places that matter in the history of the fight for equal rights and earn community service hours. Work with National Park Service staff and historic preservation professionals to improve the ways that these stories are told to the public and in classrooms.

In a three and a half day program, student participants will visit local sites related to the struggle for abolition, women’s suffrage, and continuing issues of protest. At the end of the summit, they will share their experiences and present recommendations for how these places can be made more relevant and engaging to students.

If you have an interest in history, preservation, and leadership, register now!

Click Here for more information and how to register.

DC Preservation League 45th Anniversary Awards


To mark the DC Preservation League’s 45th Anniversary, the organization will honor individuals, corporations, and projects that have made a catalytic contribution to the city’s civic and cultural legacy.

We are pleased to announce the following award recipients to be honored at the 45th Anniversary Celebration on May 14, 2016.

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Legacy Award

Mr. David Bonderman will receive a Legacy Award for his authorship of and advocacy for the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978 and its catalytic contribution to the preservation of historic resources in the District of Columbia.

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1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW

1718_conn_image_21718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, will receive an award as a significant early example of compatible infill development in the Dupont Circle Historic District in a post modern idiom.

Awardees: David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., David Bonderman, Mel Garbow, Sigal Construction Corporation, James Cutts, Vincent Lee-Thorp



Art Deco Society of Washington and Richard Striner, PhD.


The Art Deco Society of Washington and Richard Striner, PhD., will receive an award for their important contributions to preservation efforts in Washington, DC.

Awardees: Art Deco Society of Washington, Richard Striner, PhD.



The Greyhound Bus Terminal

1100_new_york_avenue_currentThe Greyhound Bus Terminal will receive an award as an important early example of the adaptive reuse of an under appreciated historic structure that was incorporated into a market driven development.

Awardees: Keyes Condon Florance Architects (now SmithgroupJJR); Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson; Shefferman & Biggleson;
Vitetta Group/Studio Four; Wiles, Dailey, Pronske



Capitol Hill Restoration Society

chrs_walking_tourThe Capitol Hill Restoration Society will receive an award for its advocacy, education, community outreach efforts and for its early and sustained contributions to preservation efforts in Washington, DC.

Awardees: Capitol Hill Restoration Society




The Mather Building

The Mather Building (1)The Mather Building will receive an award as an example of effective public-private partnership and adaptive reuse that served as a model for projects that integrate multiple uses including office, residential, and arts functions in historic buildings.

Awardees: Cunningham | Quill Architects, PN Hoffman, Gilford Corporation, Ehlert/Bryan, Inc., Summit Engineers, The Eddy Group, Inc., EHT Traceries, Frazier Associates, Best & Joslin, Ferguson Engineering, CORE architecture + design



O Street Market

mackenzieshalomselectsostmarket16O Street Market will receive an award for historic preservation and planning for the integration of the historic market building in a large mixed-use program that also included the reopening of a portion of 8th Street, NW; the project has served as a catalyst for significant enhancement of the Shaw Historic District.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Roadside Development, Clark Construction, Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson, Girard Engineering, Cecconi Simone, Wiles Mensch Corporation


R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center

R.I.S.E Demonstration Center (2)The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center will receive as award as an example of the adaptive reuse of a non-contributing building in a historic district intended to serve as a catalyst in an under-served community.

Awardees: Cunningham | Quill Architects, GCS, Inc., Wiles Mensch Corporation, Silman, Setty & Associates, Landscape Architect Bureau, ECS Envelope & Environmental, Polysonics Corporation, Sustainable Design Consulting


Roosevelt High School

roosevelt_high_school_55300.00.j_int_atrium_2_mrRoosevelt High School will receive an award as an example of the exemplary and catalytic rehabilitation of many of DC’s historic public school buildings. The project resulted in the creation of a 21st century academic facility that retains the historic character of a treasured community resource.

Awardees: Perkins Eastman DC, Atlantic Refinishing & Restoration, Worchester Eisenbrandt, Inc., AV Smoot, Roman Mosaic & Tile Company, Heller Electric, Hayes & Howe, Department of General Services, Gilbane Building Company, Smoot Construction, EHT Traceries


Warner Theatre

warner_theater_entrance_marqueeThe Warner Theatre Block (including the new office construction to the east) will receive an award for the catalytic effect of the restoration of the landmark Warner Theatre on the city’s cultural life and the development of the adjacent E Street, NW, block that served as an early and guiding example for contextual new construction.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson, GHT, Sacha Morgan Studio, EHT Traceries, Marshall-KMK Acoustics, LTD.


John A. Wilson Building

wilson_main_corridor_corectedThe District Building (John A. Wilson Building) will receive an award for the catalytic impact of the District of Columbia Government acknowledging its civic responsibility for publicly owned historic properties and re-establishing the seat of government on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Awardees: Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington Development Group, DC Government, Clark Construction, K.C.E. Structural Engineers, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, Oehrlein and Associates, Kendal Heaton Associates


Awards Selection Jury

Special thank you to our Awards Selection Jury. 
Marcel Acosta
Benjamin Forgey
Thomas Luebke, FAIA
David Maloney
Howard Berger
Rebecca Miller

Mosaic Concrete Workshop at Shrine of the Sacred Heart

2small(1)Shrine of the Sacred Heart
3211 Sacred Heart Way, NW
When: Saturday, March 19 @ 2PM-4PM

Supported in part by the DC Preservation League’s Preservation Initiatives Grant, the Shrine of the Sacred Heart has worked with a specialized contractor to develop gentle processes to clean the efflorescence and grime that stain the John Earley mosaic concrete interior of the church. The processes were selected with little potential for the overcleaning that could damage mosaic concrete, so that we can undertake a volunteer campaign to clean the church. On Saturday, March 19 Shrine of the Sacred Heart will hold a workshop, from 2 pm to approximately 4 pm, training parishioners and others interested in the processes. Trained volunteers will then proceed to address staining inside the church. Those with a passion for Earley’s work, or those interested in lower-cost ways to manage cleaning  projects are welcome to join us. The event will take place at the church starting at 2pm.


45th Anniversary Celebration and Awards


Landmark Partner



Capstone Partner

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Keystone Partner

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP

Blank Rome LLP

Bonstra|Haresign Architects

Clark Construction Group, LLC

Eric Colbert & Associates, P.C.

Friedman-French Foundation/Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies

GCS | Sigal

Gould Property Company

KCE Structural Engineers, P.C.

Peter Fillat Architects

Property Group Partners

Quinn Evans Architects

Trump Hotels

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Winmar Construction


Cornerstone Partners

Shalom Baranes Associates

Colonial Parking

EastBanc, Inc.

First Potomac Realty Trust

Forest City Washington

Robert Glennon

Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.

Hartman-Cox Architects

The JBG Companies

PN Hoffman

The Prime Rib

Roadside Development


Wagner Roofing

Juliet Zucker, Long & Foster Real Estate


Foundation Partners

William B. Alsup, III

BELL Architects

Boston Properties

John DeFerrari

EYP Architecture and Engineering

Federal City Caterers

Grossberg, Yochelson, Fox & Beyda, LLP

Grunley Construction Company, Inc.

GTM Architects

JM Zell Partners, Ltd

K.C. Company Pella Windows and Doors

Keast & Hood

Jim Rogers & Bonnie Harkness

Beau Rothschild

Ruben Companies

Tishman Speyer


Individual Partners

Lawrence E. Aten &
Carol Bickley Aten

Sanders H. Berk, MD & Sally Berk

Richard Busch

Melissa Cohen, AIA, LEED AP

Warren J. Cox

Jason Laney

Donald Beekman Myer, FAIA