Tudor Place

For Neighbors

Tudor Place seeks to be a responsible neighbor and a positive contributor to the Georgetown community. Neighbors of Tudor Place are invited to attend biannual Neighborhood Liaison Committee meetings to learn about what is happening at the historic site and voice any questions about our operations.

Emergency + After-Hours Contact
  • After 5 p.m., call the Estate Caretaker: 202.374.3108.
  • When the museum is open, call the main number: (202) 965-0400. If no response, call the Museum Administrator: 202.580.7320.
  • In a true emergency (fire, criminal or other), call 9-1-1.
Neighborhood Liaison Meetings and Information

Neighbors, please join us at regularly scheduled meetings about Tudor Place operations. Tudor Place makes every effort to address concerns raised at these meetings or at any other time.  Upcoming meetings will take place in the Dower House, 1670 31st Street, on:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:15 p.m.
Scheduled Programs and Functions

Tudor Place strives to minimize disruptions to neighbors from rentals or private functions. Events involving 50 or more guests are strictly limited in number. To minimize disruption to neighbors, this list of upcoming rentals and programs is provided. For questions regarding scheduled functions, please contact Private Events Manager Courtney Bryce by email or phone, 202.965.0400 x115.

 

Project Permitting Update: Cistern, Arbors and Gazebo
Aprl 13, 2017

April 13, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

In accordance with Old Georgetown Board requirements, and as part of our ongoing efforts to keep our neighbors informed of activities at Tudor Place, this letter serves as notification of two projects for which we are seeking permits. These will be under review by the Old Georgetown Board.

South Lawn Cistern Project: to reduce the amount of rainwater runoff and reduce erosion on the southern perimeter of Tudor Place, we are will be installing two underground cisterns adjacent to the Mower Shed on the west side of the South Lawn. These cisterns will harvest and treat rainwater from the gutters and downspouts of the Main House, storing it for later use in irrigation on the site. Excess water will be discharged directly into the DC storm sewer on 31st Street, rather than onto the lawn and Q Street. The project will help stabilize the southern perimeter of the site, reduce the amount of untreated runoff on the sidewalks, streets and storm sewers, and cut our consumption of DC water.

That project is accompanied by a project to improve the southern slope of the property by eradicating invasive plant species and replacing them with native and historic species. These new plantings will better absorb water running off the lawn and will help stabilize the soil in this area.

The cistern project has received concept approval by the Old Georgetown Board and is now moving to permit approval. The submission to the Old Georgetown Board can be viewed at the link below.

Arbors and Gazebo Restoration: The garden structures at the southwest corner of the Main House are in deteriorated condition due to exposure to the elements and the work of squirrels and carpenter bees. To stabilize and restore these structures so they can again be enjoyed by the public, we engaged Zullinger Preservation Services to develop drawings and specifications. These designs, accompanied by a landscape plan created by Director of Buildings, Gardens and Grounds Kellie Cox will restore these historic structures to their former glory, while ensuring their durability into the future. The project will be accompanied by archaeological investigations that we believe will reveal exciting discoveries.

These designs have been presented to the Old Georgetown Board for permit review. The designs and other materials submitted for permitting can be viewed at the link below.

As always, we welcome your questions, concerns and ideas. If you would like a tour of the site to learn more about these and other activities at Tudor Place, please let me know. Please visit the Old Georgetown Board website to learn more about the review process and the opportunities you have to share your views about these projects:

Sincerely,

Mark Hudson
Executive Director

Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Update
March 1, 2017

February 28, 2017

Dear Tudor Place Neighbors,

Last summer I provided an overview of our efforts to manage stormwater on our South Lawn and the adjacent perimeters of Tudor Place. Today I am pleased to provide a report on our progress. The temporary erosion control measures were installed in the southwest corner of the lawn in June and July of last year. Using jute mesh, jute logs, and silt fencing, we have addressed the erosion that was observable in that corner of the property and established new growth of healthy grass there.

We also continued our work with Civil Engineers Wiles Mensch to design a long-term solution to the problems from overflow from the gutters of the Main House. The solution is to install an underground cistern in the service area on the west side of the lawn that will be fed with rainwater from the gutters and downspouts of the Main House (with the possibility of gathering rainwater from the gutters and downspouts of the Garage at a later time). This rainwater will then be treated to supply the irrigation system for the South Lawn and hose bibs used for hand watering. With a retention volume of over 21,000 gallons, the cistern will, in most circumstances, have adequate capacity for our watering needs. If it exceeds capacity, the cistern will discharge treated water directly in the D.C. storm sewer system.

The advantages of employing this system are several. First, it will help control erosion on-site and the runoff that flows onto Q Street. Second, it will allow us to reuse rainwater on-site, reducing or eliminating our consumption of water purchased from the District. Finally, it will prevent untreated rainwater from entering the storm sewers through runoff on Q Street.

The plans for this project have been submitted for permitting and are currently under review by the Old Georgetown Board. If the plans are approved and we can raise the remaining funds needed for the project, we plan to implement it in August. We recognize that this project will create noise and other disruptions, particularly for those who live on 32nd Street, and will do everything we can to minimize unpleasant effects from the construction.

We hope you agree that this is a major step toward sustainability at Tudor Place and another way that we are striving to be a good neighbor. The packet that was submitted to the Old Georgetown Board can be accessed through the link below. I welcome your ideas about this project and any other activities at Tudor Place.

Sincerely,

Mark Hudson
Executive Director

neighbors

Status of Comprehensive Preservation Plan for Tudor Place

On March 15, 2012, the Old Georgetown Board agreed that a preliminary concept design for the preservation of the 5½-acre historic site should move forward to full concept design of each building. Tudor Place is preparing for a capital campaign to address the critical preservation needs of the National Historic Landmark House and garden and ensure the lasting care of its Archive and Collections in appropriate conditions to best support the community and the museum’s educational mission. An initial concept design was presented in February and March 2013 to ANC-2E and the Old Georgetown Board and will continue to evolve as the project moves through the review process.

Direct questions and comments about the Preservation Plan to Helen Hubbard-Davis, 202.965.0400 ext 100.