The Real Estate section is sponsoring a Historic Home Contest to identify the best-restored house in the Washington area. (Evy Mages/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Think you have an exemplary historic home? Maybe you’d like to put your house to the test.

The Real Estate section is sponsoring a Historic Home Contest to identify the best-restored house in the Washington area. This region has an abundance of historic homes, many of which have been lovingly restored to showcase their character-defining features. For the purposes of the contest, we consider all homes built before 1962 to be historic.

Homes will be judged on the following 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. They must be private residences — not museums — in metropolitan Washington and meet historic preservation standards set by their jurisdictions.

The grand-prize winner will receive a two-night stay for two at the Churchill Hotel, one of the Historic Hotels of America properties in the District. In addition, the winner and the winning home will be featured in a Washington Post Real Estate article on Oct. 20. Second- and third-prize winners will get a year’s membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To enter, go to and click on Enter the contest. Read the rules thoroughly.

Take no more than eight high-resolution interior and exterior photos 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.

Photos from all contestants will appear in an online gallery at No personal information from the contestants will appear there.

The submission period runs through Sept. 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Three judges — all experts in historic homes — will select 10 finalists from among the entries. The Post will announce the 10 finalists online on Sept. 28 and in print on Sept. 29. Readers will get to vote online for their top choice to see how it stacks up to the judges’ decision, which will be announced in The Post on Oct. 20.

In the meantime, watch for the photos and features on historic homes that will run online and in print during the duration of the contest.

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