In the Adams Morgan section of Washington,DC, an upscale bohemian neighborhood of row houses and distinctive restaurants featuring international tastes, there is equally impressive architecture.
This late 19th century large residence (now residences) shows variety of materials (brick and copper), range of colors (yellowish brick and nearly black copper), and narrow brick with tight joints suggesting weaving, and visual interest through the detailed panels and contrast between various rounds and flat surfaces and roofline.
One of the most popular rows for tourists is also one of the best rows. The power of simple motifs repeated down the row creates a sense of harmony, rhythm, and horizontal and vertical movement. No American architectural style achieved so much with such restraint. In most periods, such as classical revival, Richardsonian Romanesque — all great styles, and the post modernism, architects depend on bold statements to say their design is important architecture.
On 16th St.,NW, this building now houses the Kurdistan Representation to the United States.
I wonder if they selected this building because it is not that far north of the White House, or the architecture resembles Kurdistan, or because they had a sense of humor.
This morning I gave another of my tours in Rock Creek Park of the carved stones removed from the U.S. Capitol Building.
I always enjoy these tours as the people are knowledgeable and curious,asking excellent questions
Black and White image is cropped 4 x 5 film photograph (C)National Trust for Historic Preservation, taken Nov. 2013
Color image taken July 2014, (c)Bill Lebovich,2014.
318 Life, Love, Death, and Rebirth on Lafayette Square
This lecture will look at the intersection of art, architecture, politics, and the late 19th century American intellectualism/progressive movement by examining the lives of John Hay, Henry and Clover Adams and other prominent Americans who lived in the houses facing the House White, across Lafayette Square. The lecture will also examine Jacqueline Kennedy’s brief occupancy, but great influence on American politics.
Lunch & Learn – lunch will be provided
Bill Lebovich, Architectural Historian, Photographer
Monday 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Sep 16
1 Session $18
Live & Learn Bethesda is a non-profit organization that provides adult education classes at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, in downtown Bethesda adjacent to the Bethesda Metro.