Exploring the neighborhoods of the District can be an enlightening way to learn about the history of the city and the evolution of its communities while admiring architectural gems and beautiful gardens. The inaugural LeDroit Park House and Garden Tour will showcase the Northwest Washington neighborhood’s development from its beginning as one of the first suburbs of the city to its popularity as the home of African American leaders to the present.
Tour visitors will have access to the interior of eight homes, including 531 T St. NW, a condo which was originally designed as an Italianate duplex by James McGill, a well-known 19th-century architect. On the same block, 525 T St. NW is a Victorian-style single-family home built in 1873 and designed by McGill. The house was used for musicians performing at the Howard Theatre during segregation, when hotel options for African Americans were limited.
A booklet for tour visitors will include a map for the self-paced tour as well as historical and architectural highlights. In addition, the LeDroit Park neighborhood has signs throughout spotlighting former residents and historical points of interest.
The LeDroit Park tour takes place Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets, which benefit LeDroit Park Civic Association activities such as beautification projects and other community needs, cost $35 in advance and $40 the day of the tour.
For more information or tickets, visit ledroitparkhousetour.org.