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Nancy Pelosi Views Machiavelli Exhibit at Italian Embassy

November 11, 2013

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US House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, viewed Monday the exhibit Niccolo’ Machiavelli: The Prince and its Era (1513-2013) at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.

Machiavelli  was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. A founder of modern  political science, he also wrote comedies, carnival songs, and poetry.

He wrote his masterpiece, The Prince, (from which the term "Machiavellianism" originated) after the Medici had recovered power and he no longer held a position of responsibility in Florence.

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Incredible Edible Herbs from the Dumbarton House Garden

October 30, 2013

Herbs and flowers have long been used for medicine, cooking and comfort. On Sunday, November 3rd, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm., in Dumbarton House's Belle Vue Ballroom, explore and learn about herbs used in the Federal period and grown in Dumbarton House's period herb garden.

Warm up from the autumn chill, taste the bounty of the season and join the American ladies for an introduction to herbs! Participants will make their own herb butter and bouquet garni. After a snack of bread, herb butter, and butternut squash soup seasoned with bouquet garni, participants will learn about the beneficial and healing properties of lavender as they make their own lavender sachets to take home.

$15 general admission; $10 for Dumbarton House or NSCDA members. Click here to register.

Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street.

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Former Brothel 'The Cat House,' Bridge House, Other Interesting Houses on Tour

October 17, 2013

This Saturday, October 19, marks the inaugural Palisades Village House Tour hosted by Palisades Village. 

This first year, Palisades Village will feature the Palisades neighborhood. This is the public’s chance to catch a glimpse of some of the most interesting architectural designs in the District.  Eight houses are on the tour -- four of which are on Potomac Avenue.

Over 300 people are expected to converge on the Palisades community to view some of the most historic and unique homes in the city. 

For more information, contact D’Ann Lanning  of Beasley Real Estate at dlanning@beasleyre.com

Palisades Village sponsors activities and a network of volunteers through which neighbors help older neighbors to be safe, comfortable and active in their own homes as long as possible. It serves the Berkeley, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights neighborhoods.

A house on the tour (Photo by: Palisades Village House Tour) A house on the tour

The Homes on the Tour:

5700 Sherier Place:  This storied home began its life in the 1890s as a roofed, open-air dance floor in what was then the countryside, a popular destination alongside the Glen Echo trolley line.  Some of the original hard spruce floor remains today.  But it became notorious as “Cat House” during Prohibition, when it was enclosed and turned into a brothel; remnants of the bar and 8-foot wide bedrooms or “cribs” were found during later renovations.  The brothel was converted to a duplex after Prohibition.

5707 Potomac Avenue: The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright shows in this cedar-clad home, designed by California architect Aaron Green, who died in 2001.  Like Fallingwater, this 1982 home is built on steep slopes and over a brook.  The house has few 90-degree angles, creating unique interior spaces. 

5529 Potomac Avenue:  The owners envisioned bringing "a taste of California" to the eclectic collection of Potomac homes, bringing together flavors of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture with the materials and tones of Silicon Valley. The home is infused the house with green technologies including Geothermal and solar generation.

5358 MacArthur Boulevard: This beautiful Palisades home was built in 1979 by renowned architect Aram Normandin who made his mark on several structures in this area including the German Embassy and the home adjacent to this one.  It also is widely known locally as the "bridge house."

4933 MacArthur Boulevard:  One of the five original houses built on farmland in the 1890’s; this stately home was designed for developer John C. Hurst by architect Richard Ough in the opulent Queen Anne style fashionable at the time.  It is notable for its main “piazzas” – the porches stacked at each of the four corners – its octagonal tower, and its commanding site above MacArthur Boulevard, then known as Conduit Road. 





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