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International Spy Museum Moving to L'Enfant Plaza

February 5, 2019

The International Spy Museum is moving to L’Enfant Plaza this spring.


"The District of Columbia is very pleased to bring an expanded Spy Museum to L’Enfant Plaza—permanently. We are fortunate to be able to retain this important resource that was such a catalyst for new investment in Penn Quarter.” -DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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At 140,000 square feet, the new Museum will provide more than double the floor space of its former building, at 800 F Street NW, and will include new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.


The Malrite Company and JBG collaborated on plans for the new facility, which will sit directly in front of the glass atrium on the Plaza. 


Renowned London-based architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners created a design for the iconic building that will have a distinct and dynamic identity, and Washington-based Hickok Cole Architects is the architect of record for the project.


Visitors will have the opportunity to discover how the work of real spies shaped world history and continues to play a role today and hear real stories from real spies. The Museum works closely with former international intelligence leaders to deliver an authentic, unbiased experience about tradecraft, motivation, tools, evolution, and the impact of espionage throughout history and across the globe.


Historic tradecraft tools include “The Kiss of Death” lipstick pistol (pictured above) employed by KGB operatives during the Cold War. A 4.5 mm single shot weapon disguised as a tube of lipstick could be easily hidden in a purse. This weapon was first detected at a border crossing into West Berlin.

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Meet Georgie, Fairmont's New Ambassador

November 12, 2018

 The Fairmont Hotel has a new canine ambassador.


While many upscale hotels have gone pet-friendly and let the dogs in as guests, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is taking canine care to a new level, by adopting a puppy from Guiding Eyes for the Blind to serve as the hotel’s Canine Ambassador.  Georgie, a 10-week old female Labrador puppy, was born at the organization’s Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY, with the aspiration of one day becoming a guide dog for a person with vision loss.


“Every Guiding Eyes dog is an extraordinary animal born with a purpose,” said Kathy Zubrycki, vice president of training programs at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “Puppies receive a tremendous amount of early training and socialization during the first few weeks of life, and though not every pup is a suited for guide work, many go on to other exciting careers or may become exceptional companions and pets.  That’s how Georgie came to become Fairmont’s new Canine Ambassador, and we’re thrilled for her to join the Fairmont family.”

Georgie will have a comfortable part-time home in the hotel lobby, where guests can visit and assist her with her socialization.  Come evening, Georgie will head home with Dad, Mark Huntley, the hotel’s general manager and regional vice president.


Guests on the road with their own Rover can do even more to share the puppy love.  Every time they book the Puppy Love Package and check-in with dog in tow, Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown will donate $25 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


And Georgie is not the only canine that receives V.I.D. (Very Important Dog) treatment at Fairmont Washington D.C., dogs arriving at the hotel (with their owners of course) are greeted with healthy peanut butter treats handmade by the pastry team. 

Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown’s no-charge Pet Program includes lots of other practical items like walking maps to nearby parks, a list of nearby, pet-friendly restaurants and cafes.  The finishing touch, a special sign for your door – the green paw means, “please service room, animal companion exploring city.”  Flip sides to the red paw and Spot can slumber on, “do not disturb, animal companion napping.”

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Virtual Tour: Ker Place to Tudor Place Nov. 8

October 22, 2018

You’re invited to a Landmark Society Lecture: Ker Place to Tudor Place: Custis Connections on Virginia’s Eastern Shore on November 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Join Stephanie Templin, Historical Society of the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s collections manager, on a virtual tour of the history of Ker Place, the Federal-period Georgian-style house in Onancock, Virginia.  Hear about the beginnings of the Custis family and other characters that turn up in Tudor Place history.


Merchant farmer John Shepherd Ker and his family built the house from 1799-1803, which is just before Tudor Place began its construction in 1805. Today, the mansion is home to the Historical Society that captures the stories of notable characters of the Eastern Shore’s past. These include the beginnings of the Custis family in Virginia and other figures we recognize from Tudor Place’s own history, including one of the men who died with Commodore Beverly Kennon on the USS Princeton in 1844. Join us for a night of connections and foundational learning about Tudor Place, the District, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


The Ker Place collection has 10,000 individual items and over 3,000 visitors each year. Templin is eager to share the Eastern Shore’s fascinating history with the urban audiences of Washington.

Admission is free/pay what you can, with donations welcome, and includes a pre-lecture wine and cheese reception.


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