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Art Walk - Historic Streets of Georgetown

At our next Art Walk event, we will explore Georgetown, one of the oldest neighborhoods of DC and renowned for its Federal-style architecture, old university, traditional taverns, historic brick and frame row houses, and grand estates dating back to the mid-1700s.

Art Walk event
Art Walk event
Art Walk is our regular event series, where we walk through the different parts of DC, Maryland and Virginia, taking photos, as we explore art, architecture, culture and history while having a fun time outdoors.

Historic Streets of Georgetown

We will do a leisurely paced walk of some of the historic parts of Georgetown exploring its beautiful 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

The port of Georgetown was first established in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, before the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington and is considered as one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods blending the old with the new.

Some of the historic sights during our Art Walk will include Dumbarton House, Tudor Place and the Georgetown University.

As we walk around and explore Georgetown we will also compete for the best photo.

Exploring Georgetown in DC
Exploring Georgetown in DC
Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House is a Federal style house which was completed around 1800 and its first occupant was Joseph Nourse, the first Register of the Treasury.

Today, Dumbarton House is the headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America who purchased it in 1928 and gave it the name.

Dumbarton House was built by Samuel Jackson, a Philadelphia merchant, just before the Federal government moved from Philadelphia to the newly established national capital of Washington. Jackson and his family are known to have briefly lived there before it was purchased by Joseph Nourse.

Tudor Place

Tudor Place is a neoclassical inspired Federal style mansion that was originally the home of Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. They contracted with Dr. William Thornton, who also designed the United States Capitol as well as The Octagon House, to design Tudor Place.

Thomas Peter was the son of Robert Peter, a prominent Scottish-born merchant and landowner and Georgetown’s first mayor.

The property was purchased in 1805 and the grand neoclassical inspired mansion with architectural emphasis on proportion and balance, a style popularized by Italian architect Andrea Palladio was completed in 1816. Thornton expressed Palladio’s forms in a distinctly Federal, American style.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University was founded by John Carroll after securing the land on a hilltop overlooking Georgetown, in 1789 which was then a village. Caroll was a high-ranking member of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first bishop and archbishop in the United States.

The University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. Classes began in 1792. Within the first year, attendance grew to more than 40 students, from as far away as the West Indies. In 1817, the school awarded its first two bachelor’s degrees.

Light Snacks and Drinks

You can bring some light snacks and drinks for yourself to have during the walk.

After the event, we can break into smaller groups and get drinks or food depending on individual preferences.

Competition Rules

Take as many pictures as you would like but only upload two of your best photos for the Art Walk contest. Both the photos must be uploaded after completion of the Art Walk.

  • Our judges, some who will be nominated from among our members will then judge the best photos and the overall winner. We will feature the best photos on our website and the winner will receive our award.
  • The criteria for judging will be based on the artistic creativity, uniqueness of the photo composition and picture framing besides having a stimulating effect. The photo must also capture the theme specified in the contest.
  • A winner for the best photo will be announced three days after the Art Walk by our judges. The winner can pick the prize at any of our future Art Walk events.
  • The winner will be invited as our guest, for our next Art Walk event.

During the event we will allocate a time frame for stopping at different locations before we continue with our walk.

Photography is more importantly an art of composing the story of an interesting moment and sharing your artistic creation with others.

The most important thing is to have fun enjoying the outdoors and the interesting company of our diverse group of participants.

Getting There

We will meet at the Soho Tea & Coffee in Dupont Circle which is around a 5 minute walk from the Dupont Circle Station.

Event Details


Description: Explore the historic parts of Georgetown as we compete for the best photo for our Art walk contest.

Date/Time: Saturday February 3rd, 2018 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Admission: $2 for covering the cost

Meeting Place

Soho Tea & Coffee
2150 P. Street, NW Washington, DC 20037

Soho Tea & Coffee

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