January 2017 Events

Happy New Year 2017! Check out a few fun upcoming events for the month of January:

Obscura Society DC: Legends of the Octagon House

DATE AND TIME: Sat, January 7, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Join the Obscura Society DC for an after-hours curated tour from the Octagon House Manager Teresa Martinez. We will explore the history and unique architecture of the house, along with why it has earned its much-known deathly reputation. We will be given the privilege of seeing parts of the house that are not open to the public and have been recently renovated.

Prior to the tour, enjoy a glass of home-brewed ginger beer, a favorite treat of architect William Thornton.

LOCATION: The Octagon House, 1799 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006


Dates: November 19, 2016 - February 12, 2017 

This poetic visual essay explores the changing streetscape of downtown Washington in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s through the urban street photography of Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills. The works both reflect and confront each other, providing a sense of the physical and social upheavals experienced by the city in those decades.

Location: National Building Museum

Historical Walking tour of Mt Vernon Square

DATE AND TIME: Sun, January 8, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Join the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and photographer and architectural history raconteur Chris Earnshaw for a stroll and discover the people, places and scenes of bygone Mt. Vernon Square.

This gently paced 90-minute walking tour will begin outside the main entrance to the Carnegie Library and end at the west entrance to the National Building Museum; participants are encouraged to visit the related DISTRICT II exhibit, including more than 50 of Earnshaw’s photographs, prior to or after concluding the tour.

LOCATION: Meet at the Carnegie Library

Documenting Downtown D.C. Panel

DATE AND TIME: Tue, January 10, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Join photographers Chris Earnshaw, Phil Portlock, Bill Lebovich, Joseph Mills and moderator Jeff Krulik (filmmaker, Heavy Metal Parking Lot), for insight on documenting downtown from the 1960s onwards, through their street, architectural, and subterranean photography.

The introduction of Metrorail, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., grass-roots and codified historic preservation efforts: These developments are among the many influences on the built and social environment of downtown D.C. during decades of rapid change. The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition DISTRICT II, which will be open for program ticketholders prior to the program, from 5:30 – 6:30.

LOCATION: National Building Museum

FOR KIDS AGES 8-11: Family Workshops: Drawn into Nature

Explore paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and learn about her interest in nature, color, and abstraction. Then, experiment with different drawing techniques using soft pastels and conté crayon.

This topic is offered 15 times; please choose one session to attend.

Saturday, January 14, 10:30–12:30
Saturday, January 14, 2:00–4:00
Sunday, January 15, 2:00–4:00
Monday, January 16, 10:30–12:30
Monday, January 16, 2:00–4:00
Sunday, January 22, 2:00–4:00
Sunday, January 29, 2:00–4:00

Sunday, February 5, 1:00–3:00
Sunday, February 12, 1:00–3:00
Saturday, February 18, 10:30–12:30
Saturday, February 18, 2:00–4:00
Sunday, February 19, 1:00–3:00
Monday, February 20, 10:30–12:30
Monday, February 20, 2:00–4:00
Sunday, February 26, 1:00–3:00

LOCATION: National Gallery of Art

FOR KIDS AGES 8-12: Architecture and History of the White House

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 28 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Explore the history and architecture of the White House building during this Saturday afternoon workshop for kids ages 8 - 12! Learn about the major renovation periods of the building and engage in a physical timeline activity about the building. 

Kids will get a chance to get hands on and build their own model of the front portico to take-home. Each child will also take home a booklet with the timeline, which will include some photos from White House renovations, a list of fun/unexpected rooms in the White House, as well as some blank pages for them to draw and design their own ideas. 

Ages: 8 - 12

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation's DACkids Programs

LOCATION: District Architecture Center