Looking for something to do this weekend? If you’re like me, and find yourself driving up and down MacArthur Avenue and around the Palisades, wondering what was inside all those funky houses, you are in luck! There is finally a Palisades Home Tour, featuring eight of these endearing homes.
The tour—$30 if you buy today and $35 tomorrow—benefits the Palisades Village, a nonprofit “aging in place” network of volunteers who offer rides, do chores and arrange outings for older neighbors who want to stay in their homes as long as possible.
Take a look.
This house, designed by Barnes Vanze Architects and featured in Luxe Interiors + Design earlier this year, is a new structure, built with the details and methods of the early 20th century, when most of the other “weekend” homes were being built.
This one started life in the 1890s as an open-air dance floor along the Glen Echo trolley line, and some of the hard spruce floor remains today. During Prohibition, it was converted into a brothel!
This one was designed by California architect Aaron Green, on steep slopes and overlooking a brook. It’s got some distinct Falling Water/ Frank Lloyd Wright influence in it.
This newly built house on Potomac Avenue also channels Wright, 21st-century style.
This four-square, with its huge wrap-around veranda, is unusual with its brick cladding. Most houses of this genre tend to be clapboard.
Anyone who drives MacArthur Boulevard knows this “bridge house,” built in 1979 by the same architect who designed the German Embassy nearby. It’s currently inhabited by artists.
This is the home of Skip and Debbie Singleton, the founders of the annual DC Design House. I have personally been in their home—it’s a magnificent blending of Victorian architecture with modern interiors.
Architect Richard Ough designed this Queen Ann Victorian to be his own home; he was the in-house architect of the Palisades of the Potomac Land Improvement Company, established in 1890 to develop the area “as a luxurious exurb for prominent Washingtonians.” Exurb!
Tickets can still be purchased online today, or in person tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 19) at the tour’s starting point: Hess Hall, which is accessible through the U Street parking lot of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church at 4835 MacArthur Blvd. The tour, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is self-guided.