17 Apr 2013

56th Annual Capitol Hill House & Garden Tour

Originally uploaded to flickr by NCinDC

If I see an open house, chances are I’m going in to check it out. I love design and home décor, so the situation is pretty much the equivalent of the proverbial kid walking into a candy store. Given Sharee’s recent posts about her home search, I have to admit I also find myself drawn to open houses on the Hill just to see how much square footage my neighbors have. It may be the Hill, and indeed home (and awesome) but it can be tiny. I just don’t think the original owners of my house (built in 1914) could have envisioned how many pairs of shoes I’d need room for…

If you also find yourself with an interest in home restoration and decorating, the 56th annual Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour is probably something you’d enjoy. Hosted by the Capitol Hill Restoration society, tours will be taking place this year on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12th. Got a green thumb? Or maybe you’d like to have one? Many of the homes also have gardens.

This year’s theme is “Old Traditions, New Beginnings” and will feature 19th century homes that developed during the same time as the early federal government. The tour route includes 14 homes and covers just over a mile, so you can get in a little exercise while enjoying the tour.

Things get started on Saturday May 11th from 4-7pm and on Sunday May 12th from 12-5pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the weekend of, and can be purchased online or at various places around the Hill, including at Eastern Market on the weekends. You can find the complete list of where to buy tickets on the CHRS website or send them an email with any questions.

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