House Hunt


As real estate professionals, we enjoy touring properties every day. We know that many of you do too – so it occurred to us to create a list of local residences that are open to the public, and feature them in our calendar. Some serve as museums while others are exemplary of an architect’s work. Among the most famous and frequently visited mansions are the White House and Mount Vernon, but you don’t have to stand in line or go very far to discover fascinating sites that previously served as private homes. Stroll through Georgetown, for example, to visit Dumbarton Oaks, the Old Stone House or Tudor Place. Take the Metro to Arlington House overlooking Arlington National Cemetery. Drive down the George Washington Memorial Parkway to Alexandria and beyond, where you will discover Gunston Hall, the riverfront home of George Mason, Woodlawn Plantation and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. There are so many many wonderful outings that you may have difficulty choosing. We do encourage you to go on an adventure or two, but at the end of your explorations, we hope you return to your castle and intone, “There’s no place like home!”

August 2014

August in DC
Date Event Location
1 - Friday EXHIBIT
House and Home
National Building Museum
A kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes us on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to be at home in America. More Information
2 - Saturday FOOTBALL
Fan Appreciation Day
Richmond, VA
Football fans are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and watch pre-season practices. Free and open to the public. July 24-August 11. More Information
3 - Sunday TENNIS
Citi Open
William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center
A world class US Open Series Event with competitions for more than $1.8 million in player compensation on the court, and recognized as one of the top 20 tournaments worldwide. Proceeds benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), which strives to improve the lives of DC area youths through tennis, educational and community-based activities. July 26-August 3. More Information
Cloud Terrace*
Dumbarton Oaks
a new contemporary art installation that takes the form of a hand-sculpted wire mesh cloud suspended over the Arbor Terrace and embellished with 10,000 Swarovski elements water-drop crystals mirrored in a reflecting pool. More Information
5 - Tuesday THEATER
Sunday in the Park with George
Signature Theatre, VA
Georges Seurat's painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" provided the inspiration for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's play. August 5-September 21. More Information
6 - Wednesday EVENT
Teachers' Day Out
Gunston Hall, VA
Spend an informative day devoted to the life and ideals of George Mason, senior statesman and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Indulge in a specially designed plantation tour, examine Mason documents, and discuss strategies to make the patriot come alive in your classroom. More Information
7 - Thursday CONCERT
Jazz on Jackson Place
Decatur House
Enjoy live music in the Decatur House courtyard, and tour one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, D.C., and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. More Information
8 - Friday FAIR
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
The largest county fair in the State of Maryland showcases farm life with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages. August 8-16. More Information
9 - Saturday EXHIBIT
American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley
Corcoran Gallery of Art
A retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley, one of the world's most distinguished metalsmiths. Spanning his remarkable 50-year career, the exhibition traces his work as a jeweler and progresses through his recent, large-scale sculptural projects to reveal the artist's unique place in American art. June 28-September 28. More Information
10 - Sunday TOUR
Building and Exhibition Tour
Folger Shakespeare Library
Tour the Folger's historic landmark building with a knowledgeable docent, see highlights from our current exhibition, and digitally leaf through one of the Folger's 82 Shakespeare First Folios. A short video explores why Shakespeare matters 400 years later. More Information
11 - Monday FESTIVAL
Washington DC Restaurant Week
Various Locations, DC
Reserve your table today at any of the more than 200 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week. Experience DC's finest menus at affordable prices. August 11-17. More Information
12 - Tuesday EXHIBIT
The BIG Maze
National Building Museum
Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes from 17th and 18-century Europe and modern American corn mazes, this large-scale maze made of birch plywood features several twists and turns for visitors. July 4-September 1. More Information
13 - Wednesday CONCERT
Free Summer Outdoor Concert: UkeFest 2014
This is your opportunity to get in touch with your inner ukulele lover, and to hear a remarkable collection of professional musicians bring the joy of uke to an enthusiastic audience. More Information
14 - Thursday EXHIBIT
From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 mm
National Gallery of Art
San Francisco-based Canyon Cinema Foundation has amassed one of the foremost collections in North America of artist-made, independent, and avant-garde film — a veritable archive of American experimental cinema during the last fifty years. All films are screened in 16 mm format. July 12-August 31. More Information
15 - Friday FESTIVAL
Alexandria Restaurant Week
Various Locations, Alexandria, VA
More than 60 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. August 15-24. More Information
16 - Saturday CONCERT
Cineconcert: Buster Keaton's College with Pianist Andrew Greene
American Art Museum
Pianist Andrew Greene performs a live musical score alongside a screening of Buster Keaton's 1927 silent comedy. More Information
17 - Sunday BASEBALL
Peanut Free Seats
Nationals Park
Cheer the Nationals as they take the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And tonight, the Nationals offer a peanut-free zone for those afflicted with allergies. More Information
18 - Monday FESTIVAL
DC Beer Week
Various Locations, DC
Hundreds of venues in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of beer related events, including beer dinners, tastings, educational panels, glassware giveaways, and more. August 17-24. More Information
19 - Tuesday GARDEN TOUR
Historic & Growing
Tudor Place
This lively guided walk traces the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the five-and-a-half-acre landscape. Learn how Tudor Place's design reflects its Federal-period origins and changes in land use over time. More Information
20 - Wednesday HOUSE TOUR
Old Stone House
Georgetown, DC
The oldest building in DC, Old Stone House commemorates the daily lives of Georgetown's early residents. The house serves also as a great example of Revolutionary War-era architecture. More Information
21 - Thursday THEATER
The Winter's Tale
Sidney Harman Hall
Don't miss the Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual Free For All performance. Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations rise above torment and obsession in a production hailed as "transcendent" (Washingtonian) and "visually arresting and tenderly wrought" (Washington Post). August 19-31. More Information
22 - Friday HOUSE TOUR
Woodrow Wilson House
Washington, DC
The President Woodrow Wilson House gives a special glimpse into the private life of Woodrow Wilson while preserving his important legacy for future generations. More Information
23 - Saturday FESTIVAL
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Annapolis, MD
A 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, a jousting arena, games and lots more. August 23-October 19. More Information
24 - Sunday HOUSE TOUR
Arlington House
Arlington, VA
Arlington House is inextricably linked to one of the most famous Confederate Civil War Generals, Robert E. Lee, but it is also the home of a family whose roots lie with the father of our country, George Washington. More Information
25 - Monday EXHIBIT
Portraiture Now: Staging the Self
Portrait Gallery
Discover how Latino artists approach portraiture and how they contribute to telling the full American story. August 22-April 12, 2015. More Information
26 - Tuesday HOUSE TOUR
Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Alexandria, VA
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pope-Leighey House exemplifies Wright's work in the 1930s designing affordable middle-class residences. The house was relocated to Woodlawn, part of George Washington's Mount Vernon. Visitors can explore and contrast the architectural and historical backgrounds of the two unique homes on a beautiful 126-acre estate of rolling hills overlooking the Potomac River. More Information
27 - Wednesday HOUSE TOUR
Petersen House
Washington, DC
Visit the house where President Lincoln died. The three rooms in the house today are furnished in 1865 period pieces, none of the furniture is original to the house. Visitors may use the same ticket that they used to tour Ford's Theatre. More Information
28 - Thursday HOUSE TOUR
Octagon House
Washington, DC
Visit the Octagon House, built between 1798 and 1800, and designed by Dr. William Thornton, the architect of the U.S. Capitol. This three-story brick house, adapted to an irregular-shaped lot, displays a dramatic break with the traditional, late Georgian and early Federal house planning that preceded it. More Information
29 - Friday FESTIVAL
Epicurience Virginia: A Wine & Food Festival
Morven Park, Leesburg, VA
Taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, and sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country. August 29-September 1. More Information
30 - Saturday FESTIVAL
National Book Festival
Washington Convention Center
Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books. More Information
31 - Sunday HOUSE TOUR
Anderson House
Washington, DC
Experience the history and splendor of Gilded Age Washington, D.C., at Anderson House, the winter home of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel, an author and benefactress. Completed in 1905 in Washington's most fashionable neighborhood, Anderson House provided the couple a prominent place to entertain and display their collection of fine and decorative arts, as well as evidence of their family history and patriotic service. More Information
*Indicates TTR Sotheby's International Realty involvement.
*Indicates nonprofit organization supported by the Ritzert Weiss Partnership.