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The Future of Mud: A Tale of Houses and Lives in Djenne is a documentary about a mason in Djenné, Komusa Tenapo that examines an African tradition of mud architecture in Mali. It's being shown March 21 at 5:30 pm in Georgetown at Dumbarton Oaks.
This is one of 190 diverse and arresting films from 50 countries being shown around town during the Environental Film Fesitval in the Nation's Capital from March 12-24, 2013.
This year’s Festival features 110 Washington, D.C., United States and world premieres; 196 filmmakers and environmentalists will be present to enliven our screenings with their perspectives and knowledge.
Featured among the Festival’s opening night films will be the world premiere of Hot Water, exposing the toxic effects of uranium mining in the American West with Dennis Kucinich, who is featured in the film, and filmmakers Elizabeth Kucinich and Lizabeth Rogers. The Washington, D.C. premiere of acclaimed director Terrence Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder, an exploration of love set against the majesty of nature, is a Festival highlight, along with Canadian filmmaker and environmental activist Rob Stewart’s new film, Revolution, empowering youth to save the natural world and humanity itself!
For a full schedule of films and venues, contact the Environmental Film Fesitval in the Nationa's Capital.
Washington Fine Properties (WFP) announced Wednesday the sale of the Laird-Dunlop Coach House, one of the most iconic homes in D.C. and located in Georgetown’s East Village.
John Laird, a wealthy tobacco tycoon, built the detached brick house in 1799 as a carriage house to the Laird-Dunlop estate. Since then, it has been host to several prominent owners including James Dunlop, a law partner of Francis Scott Key and former chief justice of the D.C. Circuit Court, Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln, Arnold Sagalyn, one of Eliot Ness’ “Untouchables,” and Helen Burgess, the granddaughter of J.P. Morgan. It was Burgess who separated the coach house from the rest of the property, retaining much of the land for herself and adding a ballroom for proper entertaining.
The coach house was completely restored and renovated by the current seller, fulfilling its potential for a 21st century lifestyle. Despite changes the property has undergone throughout the years, much of its historical significance has been maintained. The ballroom is a defining feature of the property, boasting 14-foot ceilings and a wall of Palladian French Doors. The visible tobacco posts and part of a pulley system, which was once used to lift stacks of hay, are reminders of the coach house’s earlier era. The property’s abundant landscape also contains one of the original four original cornerstones that bound Georgetown when it was formed in 1751.
Washington Fine Properties represented both sides of the transaction. Eileen McGrath and Jamie Peva represented the seller, while Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy represented the purchaser.
“It is always an honor to represent a property with such significant history,” McGrath said. “There may be no more important lineage tracing to the foundation of historic Georgetown, and to know that the new owners fully appreciate this unique aspect was very pleasing to all who were involved in this transaction.”
"If I could have bought this house I would have," Casey told The Georgetown Dish. "The garden is truly spectacular and you cannot believe you are in the middle of Georgetown, just one block off M Street." The expansive floor plan opens out to the rear garden with all-day sunlight and picturesque views.
"I am so excited for the purchasers," added Casey. "The best part of being a real estate agent is making our clients happy and the purchasers of 30th Street could not be more thrilled!"
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On Wednesday, February 20th at 6 pm, join the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in D.C. as they host a cocktail hour, lecture and book signing to celebrate our first President's birthday at The Dumbarton House.
Stephen A. McLeod, assistant to president and CEO of Mount Vernon, will discuss the book he edited, Dining with the Washingtons. This book combines vivid photography with engaging scholarly writing to explore the menus, diet and styles of entertaining that characterized the beloved home of the nation's principle Founding Father. Click here to register and for more details. 202.337.2288
Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street.