Tudor Place

Tudor Place Blog

  • June 26, 2014

    Current and past staff members, consultants, conservators, and other supporters gathered June 18 to celebrate the bestowal on Tudor Place of the coveted Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. Cool wine and beverages offered relief from the heat for the 64 guests gathered for the awards ceremony, catered reception, and socializing in the Dower House administration building.  In recognition of a conservation focus that permeates all aspects of the house, collection, and grounds, select museum areas were open for viewing, with the spotlight on collection pieces that have received special conservation care.

    “Tudor Place excels ... (continue reading)

  • June 13, 2014
    · Family and Friends ·

    In the tradition of his grandmother, Britannia Peter Kennon, the third owner of Tudor Place cherished the labors and traditions of the estate’s landscape. Britannia inherited the property from its founders, her parents. Her grandson Armistead Peter, Jr., honored these forebears and in many ways measured out his own life by following the garden’s rhythms and answering its demands. This essay by Archivist Wendy Kail traces inter-generational change within the Peter family through diaries, notes, and the natural history of Tudor Place.

    SHOWN ABOVE. L to R: Anne Peter, Armistead Jr.’s granddaughter; a mid 20th-century view of the Box ... (continue reading)

  • June 5, 2014

    OUT: Air kisses. IN: Hugs. This is the trend statement from the 22nd Annual Tudor Place Garden Party fundraiser…

    From the receiving line on into the grand party tent and out on the freshly “watered” (by rain!) South Lawn, Honoree Niente Ingersoll Smith set the tone. She and her kin — including daughter Liz Dougherty as a Party Co-Chair — embraced throngs of friends, relations, and supporters as they arrived to celebrate Niente and the museum for which she has done so much. The 500-strong crowd and generous corporate sponsors enabled the party to surpass by some $20,000 ... (continue reading)

  • May 21, 2014



    May 21, 2014 Communications Officer Mandy Katz
    202.486.7645 | mkatz@tudorplace.org

    The Tudor Place Foundation has been honored with the 2014 Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden. The award, established in 1999, is presented jointly by Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). Recipients are selected by a panel of distinguished preservation and conservation experts from across the nation.

    The Ross Merrill award recognizes the systematic and strategic work of Tudor Place over the years to preserve ... (continue reading)

  • March 24, 2014

    Tulip poplar in fall

    March 29, 2014 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Register Now

    The shelter and dignity of the property’s historic trees — and the risks they face from the violent weather of recent years — have inspired a new event at Tudor Place: a Tree Fest, free and open to the public. Our local environment and the canopy of heritage trees are the focus, and there will be something for everyone!

    • An artisanal Market Fair offering sustainable merchandise and information from people and organizations working on behalf of the environment and landscape.
    • For families, puppet ... (continue reading)
    • February 3, 2014
      Something for every taste and season!

      Schedule your visit around these special installations! Tudor Place tours offer immediacy and authenticity. Now, there’s more! Don’t miss these seasonal displays, included at no extra charge in every tour, of rare Collections objects, each with a story of its own. And any time we’re open, come to the Visitor Center at no charge to see a display of photographs of Tudor Place in the snow, 1910-1913, taken and printed in silver-nitrate format by the estate’s last owner ... (continue reading)
    • August 1, 2013


      The trunk is battered-looking, fragile, and kept from public display to prevent further deterioration. But even disrepair can’t mask the fine American artisanry that went into it, or diminish its history of holding treasured memories and belongings of the Custis-Washington family. 
      That is why it has been nominated as a 2013 candidate for “Top 10 Endangered Artifacts” in D.C. and Virginia. A public vote online, August 1-29, 2013, will help determine the final list, so we encourage you to take part! And if the story below moves you, please vote to the Tudor Place wedding trunk, from Martha ... (continue reading)
    • April 8, 2013

      Executive Director Leslie Buhler offers this tribute to Orlando, who died April 6, 2013. A pillar of architectural history and preservation, he was a deeply admired friend to her and others fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. 

      Orlando Ridout V on roof
      Orlando on the Tudor Place roof.

      There are few people one meets in life who stand heads above others. One of those people in my life – as in many others – was Orlando Ridout V. While few outside the fields of architectural history or preservation will have ... (continue reading)

    • June 18, 2012

      Staff receive DC Historic Preservation Award

      Press Contact:
      Communications Officer
      Mandy Katz, mkatz@tudorplace.org
      Mobile: 202.486.7645
      Website: www.tudorplace.org
      Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
      1644 31st Street NW
      Washington, DC 2007

      Download the PDF

      June 18, 2012

      Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2012 — For its intensive site-wide archaeological survey, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden has been awarded the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office’s Ninth Annual Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The museum’s executive director and Trustees and representatives of Dovetail Cultural Resources, which carried ... (continue reading)

    • May 19, 2012
      Tudor Place Trustee Bruce Whelihan, here flanked by 
      wife Alice (RIGHTand Executive Director Leslie Buhler,
      was celebrated for helping to secure funding for the 
      project from The Ruth S. Willoughby Foundation. 
      Celebration came to these historic gardens this month when Tudor Place Trustees and staff gathered with neighbors and other supporters to “cut the ribbon” on the newly restored Box Knot Garden. This formal layout of heirloom roses in geometric beds defined by boxwood hedges dates to the home’s earliest days. Its renewal and restoration for centuries to come, completed in November 2011, ... (continue reading)