Past Events

L’Enfants Game Night

April 5, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Board Room DC
1737 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Indulge in the social side of Classicism with other emerging professionals and students for a game night! Architecture and DC themed games will be on hand, including the popular Cards against Urbanity! But feel free to bring a favorite to share or grab one off the shelf at the bar.

Attendees should know that the Board Room only serves drinks, but upon arrival we’ll coordinate delivery from one of the many restaurants nearby.

The L’Enfants is a group of Young Classicists from the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The L’Enfants are young architects, artists, historians and others with interests ranging from drawing and sketching, to learning about the rich classical architecture of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The objective of the L’Enfants is to connect developing professionals who share these interests along with a common focus of Classical architecture, building, and design.

All are welcome to join The L’Enfants upcoming events, whether to learn, teach or simply enjoy good company. Annual membership to the L’Enfants is $10, and you can join here.

RSVP required to Stephen Howard, at

Private lunchtime DOJ (Department of Justice) Architectural Tour

Thursday, April 6
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

Join the ICAA for an exclusive inside lunchtime tour of the Department of Justice on Thursday, April 6. The building was completed in 1935 by the Philadelphia firm of  Zantzinger, Borie & Medary and combines the best of early 20th century Classaicism with custom Art Deco trimmings (primarily in aluminum).  Recently renovated by Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates, the building is looking better than ever.

The tour is limited to 20 members. After signing up for the tour you will be contacted by the ICAA for your Social Security number for security reasons (required by DOJ). On the day of the tour please remember to bring your photo ID to gain entry.  Your name must be on the approved list to gain entry.  Please show up promptly at noon to go through security for the 12:15 tour.

Ticket sales for this tour end on March 27.

$15 members/10 L’enfants / $25 non-members

To reserve your tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here.

Tour John Russell Pope’s DAR Constitution Hall

April 22, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

1776 D Street NW, Washington DC

On April 22 tour John Russell Pope’s DAR Constitution Hall. This special access tour is in honor of the WMA ICAA’s John Russell Pope awards, held on April 21. Constitution Hall opened in 1929 to house the annual Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Guests on this tour will be guided through the auditorium, private room as well as the newly restored historic interior lobby space.

Tickets: $25 regular admit; $20 member; $15 L’enfant

Reserve tickets on eventbrite.

Vitruvius, Plecnik, Krier — and the Vernacular Mind

a Presentation by and Discussion with Andrés Duany

Sat, March 11, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

The WMA ICAA is proud to present Spring 2017 featured speaker, Andrés Duany.

Andrés Duany is an American architect and urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Architecture. With his firm, Duany has completed designs and codes for over three hundred new towns, regional plans, and inner-city revitalization projects. He is also a representative of New Classical Architecture. He has co-authored five books: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, The New Civic Art, The Smart Growth Manual, Garden Cities and Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents. Duany has worked as visiting professor at many institutions and holds two honorary doctorates.

On March 11 join us at the Cosmos Club as Andres leads us in a discussion: VITRUVIUS, PLECNIK, KRIER–AND THE VERNACULAR MIND.

Duany will make presentations of little known designs of Plecnik and Krier, suggesting a thesis resolving the contradiction between: “Do as Vitruvius says” and “Plecnik and Krier are great classical architects.” Duany will share his interpretation of the Vitruvian triad of satyric, comic and tragic scenes, further reinforced by a discussion of heterodox treatises, including the unfinished Lehrbuch by Schinkel, and solicit reaction and thoughts from attendees.


Seating is limited and online ticket sales end Thursday March 9 at Noon.

Coat and tie required for men, the equivalent for women.

Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite now.

General Admission $50

WMA ICAA Member $35

L’Enfant Member $25

Image courtesy DPZ Partners.

Columns and Coffee at the Postal Museum

Saturday March 4, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA-WMA.

Anyone with an interest in sketching and/or connecting with other artists and architects are encouraged to attend.

This month, we will be sketching at the National Postal Museum. Designed by Ernest R. Graham, this building replaced the Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Ave as Washington’s main post office in 1914. Since 1993, it has been a part of the Smithsonian network of museums.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials. We will meet at the Pret A Manger in Union Station at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

RSVP requested to Anthony Dimanna at

Photo credit: Library of Congress/Historic American Buildings Survey

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