FYIDC: Georgetown House Tour

by Laura

The 81st annual open house takes us inside inspirational historic homes.

The Mulner House on Q Street, one of the homes on the tour, renovated by architect Christian Zapatka. (Photo by Pepper Watkins)

Wondering what those stately historic homes in Georgetown are like on the inside? Wonder no more. For the 81st year, the always-popular Georgetown House Tour — reportedly the longest-running house tour in the country — gives participants an opportunity to go inside some of Georgetown’s most interesting, inspiring and historic homes on Saturday, April 28.

“We are committed to making the 2012 Georgetown House Tour the most exciting and successful yet,” said Stephanie Bothwell, principal of Urban and Landscape Design who, along with renowned Washington interior decorator Frank Babb Randolph, will lead this year’s tour.

Jack Evans, Stephanie Bothwell, Michele Evans and Frank Babb Randolph at a launch party for the tour held at Randolph's home in March. (Photo courtesy Georgetown House Tour)

The tour benefits St. John’s Episcopal Church, itself a historic landmark founded in 1794 and supported by the likes of Francis Scott Key and President Thomas Jefferson.

Eight to 12 houses are featured on a path designed to be easy to navigate (homes are generally three blocks from each other). But should you need a respite, stop in to the Parish Tea for homemade sandwiches and sweets at St. John’s Church.

Leslie Kamrad and Tom Howard celebrate the launch of the tour. (Photo courtesy Georgetown House Tour)

Can’t get enough and want to help even more? Why not sign up for the Patron’s Party? Mingle with Georgetowners in honor of the homeowners who have graciously opened their residences to the public for a good cause.

Dale and Melissa Overmyer at the launch party enjoying Randolph's home. (Photo courtesy Georgetown House Tour)

The 81st Georgetown House Tour benefiting St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, 202-338-1796. Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Tickets: $40/person before April 20/ $45 after and are available online until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Group rates available. Pick up tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the white tent on the front lawn of the church. You may also purchase tickets there on Saturday.

Parish Tea, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Blake Hall at St. John’s Church.

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