Category: historic preservation

Architectural walking tours of Washington,D.C.

Bill Lebovich, former National Park Service historian, architectural historian and photographer, and former adjunct college faculty member, gives weekday and weekend tours of Lafayette Square, Embassy Row, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, historic downtown and museums, and custom tours.

To schedule a tour, get additional information, reviews, DSCN2867.jpgor ask questions, email me at or call (301) 467-2831.

Late 19th century textured architecture

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.IMG_3629.jpgIMG_3631.jpg


Georgetown’s late 18th, early 19th century domestic architecture

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 modernismGeorgetownIMG_5488_DxOVP (1).jpg, architects depend on bold statements to say their design is important architecture.

My upcoming illustrated lecture on Lafayette Square

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.
People can view our catalog and register online at or call us at 301-740-6150.Image