The Washington metro region has an abundance of historic homes — including everything from Georgian to Arts and Crafts, from Mid-century Modern to Farmhouse Vernacular, and from Federal style to International style — many of which have been lovingly restored to showcase their character-defining features. We want to highlight the best one in this area. Upload photos to our Web site that show how you’ve restored your home. There will be one grand prize winner who will receive a two-night stay for two at Historic Hotels of America’s Churchill Hotel in the District and be featured in an article in The Washington Post’s Real Estate section on October 20. The two runners-up will receive a year’s membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For the purposes of the contest, we consider all homes built before 1962 as historic. The homes will be judged on three criteria: (1) overall appearance and beauty; (2) historical accuracy, how true to the original architecture the home has been restored; and (3) contemporary creativity, how well modern changes have been incorporated in a way that preserves the character-defining features of the home. To be eligible for a prize, the homes must be private residences — not museums — and meet historic preservation standards set by their local communities.
No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. This contest is sponsored by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post (”Sponsor”). Anyone in the United States is eligible to submit photos of his or her home, but the finalists must be residents of the District of Columbia, one of the following counties in Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s or St. Mary’s), Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun or Prince William), the City of Alexandria or the City of Fairfax. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to enter. One entry per person. Employees, officers, directors and representatives of Sponsor and its affiliates, and those with whom they are domiciled, are not eligible. Void outside of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland and where prohibited by law. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws.
1. To enter, take no more than eight high-resolution photos of the interior and exterior of your home showing how it has been restored. Make sure the photos do not include people or personal items you wouldn’t want the world to see. Upload the JPEGs, five megabytes or smaller, to the Real Estate user-generated photo gallery. Within each caption box, include a description of your home and the rooms. Each photo must also include your name, e-mail address, daytime phone number and city and state of residence. The submission period begins Friday, September 7, 2012, and is limited to one entry per person. All submitted photos and captions may appear online at any time after they have been received at washingtonpost.com/historichomecontest starting on or around Friday, September 7, 2012. Except as otherwise stated herein or on washingtonpost.com.Your personal identifying information will not be shown online; your photos will be identified online by your user name.