I know it’s only Tuesday, but it’s hard to concentrate on anything other than the weekend when it is so suddenly crisp and sunny outside. For those of us interested in broadening our historic and preservation horizons while taking in the amazing weather, there are two options this weekend.
Want to see D.C. from a totally different perspective? Cultural Tourism D.C.’s WalkingTown D.C/BikingTown D.C. event offers a special weekend of eclectic and fascinating historic tours of the city. “Celebrate the arts, culture and heritage of Washington’s diverse neighborhoods…[with] more than 100 free guided walking and biking tours.” Some of the offerings that got me excited: the Temperance Tour (bringing you to Prohibition-related sites), Spies of Georgetown, the Olmstead tour, and Memorials by Moonlight. Check out their website HERE.
The 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference is this Friday and Saturday at the American Institute of Architects. The conference offers interesting panel discussions on planning and preservation issues affecting D.C., from the Height Act to the use of archeology in restoration projects (see the lineup HERE). You can also take guided tours to learn about one of DC’s first suburbs, LeDroit Park, or get a lesson on how 14th Street was once “Automobile Row”. Don’t miss out on the DC Preservation League’s Annual Meeting at the new Room & Board on 14th Street (once the R.L. Taylor Motor Co. building). The meeting includes a short presentation by the store’s architect as well as a tour through the building.