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Ashley Judd at GWU March 1

February 26, 2013

Actress and political activist Ashley Judd will appear at The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services this Friday, March 1 from 3:00-4:30 pm to discuss "Progress and Perspectives: Women's Reproductive Health."

This conversation for GW students, faculty and staff with Ashley Judd will be moderated by Dean Lynn Goldman, and held at GW's Marvin Center Continental Ballroom, 800 21st Street, NW, 3rd floor.

The event is free, but there is limited seating available. If you would like to attend, please RSVP online here. If you are unable to attend the event, there will be webcasting it live here on Friday starting at 3:00 PM as well as live tweeting from @GWPublicHealth and @GWonlineMPH using the hashtag #GWaj.

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Tish Alsop Home in Woodley Park On Market

February 5, 2013

The former home of Patricia “Tish” Alsop in Woodley Park is on the market for $1,690,000, and what a house it is! If the walls could tell amazing stories, pages of history would be retold. The home is listed by Beasley Real Estate.

Living Room (Photo by: Beasley RE) Living Room

From the outside, it looks like a characteristic Woodley Park home, but the inside is filled with the stories and treasures of a remarkable Washington family.   It is the fascinating former home of Patricia “Tish” Alsop whose family has been making its mark on Washington, DC for over 80 years.  

Born in Gibraltar, “Tish,” who spoke with a British accent, met Stewart Alsop during World War II when he was serving in the British Army.  She later worked as a decoding agent for the British Intelligence Service.  They were married in London on June 20, 1944, when she was 18.

Back in the United States, from 1945 to 1958, Stewart Alsop covered domestic and world politics for the New York Herald Tribune with his brother, Joseph Alsop.  After the Alsop brothers ended their partnership, Stewart went on to write articles and a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post until 1968, then a weekly column for Newsweek from 1968 until his death in 1974.  He published several books, including a "sort of memoir" of his battle with an unusual form of leukemia, Stay of Execution

A good place to read & write (Photo by: Beasley RE) A good place to read & write

Mrs. Alsop’s husband and his brother wrote the much-read syndicated column together, “Matter of Fact,” from 1946 to 1958.

The Alsops had entertained members of Washington’s social elite, including presidents, journalists, world leaders, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, and others who made decisions that affected domestic and global affairs.

After Mr. Alsop’s death, Mrs. Alsop returned to school to study medical technology and the disease that took her husband’s life.  She worked in a biomedical research laboratory and studied issues related to bone-marrow transplantation, which has become increasingly important in the treatment of leukemia. She retired in 1992. Mrs. Alsop died at age 86 on Nov. 3, 2012 at a Bethesda nursing facility. She was the mother of six children.

“I am honored to have been chosen to present this truly elegant home to the public,” said Sheila Mooney, the listing agent who is working with the Alsop Estate to sell the home.

A table to make history (Photo by: Beasley RE) A table to make history

The Alsop home is one of the largest homes in Woodley Park, offering spacious light-filled rooms, warm wood floors, superb indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces and a beautiful private terrace and garden.  Garfield Terrace is a quiet, low traffic cul-du-sac, only a few blocks to the Metro and close to many fine schools including Oyster/Adams Bilingual School. 

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To learn more about Beasley, visit Beasley Real Estate

Rear Patio (Photo by: Beasley RE) Rear Patio


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Prominent Interior Designer Ruth Gorland Joins Beasley RE

January 30, 2013

Interior designer Ruth Gorland has been named as chief interior consultant to Beasley Real Estate.  With over 20 years of experience, Ruth is one of Washington, DC’s best known interior consultants.

From childhood, Ruth was always interested in houses, design, and architecture.  She grew up in England in a home that was, as the British call it, “decorated.”  There she learned how to make a house a home.  Her professional career started when her love of design collided with an admiration of beautiful lamp shades she had seen in Colefax and Fowler, England.  It turned into a lucrative side business.  She hasn’t looked back since.

Ruth’s expertise spans all periods and styles of homes.  Although, she works customarily on single family homes, she has completed design work for open spaces and model home communities – both new and converted.  She has explored and worked with every style of home from contemporary to traditional.  Ruth recognizes that each client’s needs are different and she has perfected a process that helps them clearly illustrate their wants and desires.  She makes their vision come to fruition. 

“Although ‘design’ is a result of my expertise, I prefer to view myself as more of a lifestyle consultant,” said Gorland.  “No two projects and no two clients are alike.  A project must begin with an open and honest dialog about the type of lifestyle that a family wants to live in their home.  It is my job to gather detailed information about the functional, practical and aesthetic requirements each client has.”

Jim Bell, Beasley’s founder and managing partner, agrees: “Our job is to help clients more fully realize the lifestyle they want to live.  Ruth is one more resource we have towards that goal.  Beasley provides its clients with every resource they need to live the fullest life possible in their new home.”

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