I’m heading off on vacation to Spain today, so blog posts may be sporadic, but you can check my progress by visiting my Instagram page.
In the meantime, I wanted to share this opportunity for seeing some of the interesting architecture of Washington DC metropolitan region, if you happen to find yourself in the Nation’s Capital this summer. The National Civic Art Society will be taking a look at a range of styles and subjects, from the British colonial past, to the Founding Fathers, to the horrors of Brutalist architecture. Definitely worth checking out or sharing with someone you know!
National Civic Art Society 2017
“Our Classical Heritage” Tours of D.C.
The National Civic Art Society is proud to announce the launch of our 2017 “Our Classical Heritage” walking tours. These tours are fashioned for those who wish a greater understanding of why and how the District of Columbia came to be a classically designed city. You will learn of the ancient antecedents of our political philosophies, of the stylistic precedents of our architectural forms, and of the Founders’ classical vision.
About the tour guide: Michael Curtis studied classical architecture at the University of Michigan, and painting, sculpture, and engraving in Florence, Italy. He has been a sculptor for more than 25 years. Major commissions include The History of Texas at the Texas Rangers Ball Park in Arlington, Texas, the largest American frieze produced in the 20th Century, as well as portrait busts for the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Thurgood Marshall Building, and many other public venues. His specialty is portraiture and fine medals. His book Our Classical Heritage: A Guide to the Political Philosophy and Aesthetic Precedent of Washington, the District of Columbia, will be published in fall 2017.
Tours are limited to three hours in length and begin at 10 AM at the location indicated. The cost per tour is $10. NCAS members, students, interns, and Hill staffers may obtain free tickets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You must RSVP in advance. If you have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com or call (202) 670-1776.
Tour I: Washington, the Classical City — June 3
The ancient cause of liberty; the immediate reason for independence; the classical principle of our convictions; the aesthetic model of a civil society.
The National Mall, from the Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
The Jefferson Memorial
Meet at the southeast corner of Constitution Ave. NW and 17th St. NW.
Tour II: National, Political, and Personal Liberty — June 10
The various aspects of liberty considered in exemplary statues.
Lafayette Park, Lafayette Statue, et alia
Alexander Hamilton Statue
The National Liberty Memorial
Meet at the entrance of Teaism at 800 Connecticut Ave NW.
Tour III: Freedom and Sacrifice — June 17
A consideration of freedom, sacrifice, and the architectural style best suited to remembrance.
Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
The National WWII Memorial
Meet at the west end of the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.
Tour IV: Brutal Mistakes — June 24
Hubris and progressive misdirection; gradual abdication of citizen responsibility for morals and art; policy, an instrument to undermine traditional culture.
L’Enfant Plaza: Robert C. Weaver Federal Building, Housing and Urban Development, James V. Forrestal Building Department of Energy Building, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel
The Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Building
The Hubert H. Humphrey Department of Health and Human Services Building
Meet at the glass pyramid in front of the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel at480 L’Enfant Plaza SW.
Tour V: British America — July 8
We trace in Alexandria, Virginia our growth from quaint colonial villagers to benevolent masters of the world.
Carlyle House and Lower King Street Warehouses
Prince Street and Local Alexandria
The Lyceum and the Confederate Statue
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Meet at the front gate of Carlyle House at 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA.