Past Events

Exclusive Campus Tour of Christopher Newport University

Saturday, June 2nd
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Christopher Newport University
1 University Pl, Newport News, VA 23606

Join the ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter and the Center of Palladian Studies in America for a tour of this impressive new University led by Randy Holmes, and the architecture firm, Glavé & Holmes Architecture.

Christopher Newport University has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past decade, converting the former suburban community college-type school into a campus of classically inspired buildings and landscapes, resulting in significant positive change to student enrollment and school rankings.

The recent completion of Christopher Newport Hall was the culmination of the university’s master plan for the campus’s great lawn. Its compelling design has been recognized as both a Palladio Award winner in 2016 and a John Russell Pope Award winner in 2017. This building along with seven other projects completed as a part of the master plan will be the subjects of this presentation and tour.

This event will begin with a presentation by Glavé & Holmes Architecture on the university’s master plan and campus buildings. A box lunch will follow the presentation, proceeded by a tour of the campus buildings. The event will end with a question and answer session in the award winning Pope Chapel.

Cost: $20 L’Enfants, $20 members, $20 non members



Photography courtesy of Glavé & Holmes Architecture

Brushes & Brunch: An Introduction to Ink Wash Rendering

Saturday, June 23rd
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Catholic University of America School of Architecture + Planning, Crough Center for Architectural Studies
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

This course introduces the techniques of Beaux-Arts wash rendering. Students will begin by learning the basic skills needed to produce a traditional ink wash rendering of a classical elevation. They will then develop an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of light, shade, shadow, and reflected light, as well as a sensibility for how architectural geometries, forms, planes, and profiles modulate light and shade and subsequently render form apparent. This course is designed to increase students’ command of the formal possibilities of space, mass, form, and profile.

Participants will be creating their own renderings of the Doric column capital of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to take home! There will be light brunch bites and beverages provided, as well as all of the necessary materials for the rendering.

Eligible participants will earn 4 AIA LUs.

Cost: Non-members: $65
Members: $45
L’Enfants: $25 (Scholarships Available!)
Students: FREE with valid Student ID


Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown

Saturday, August 18th
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown
3001 R Street, NW
We will meet at the Bean Counter at 1665 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

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 historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown. Founded by William Corcoran and completed in 1853, this garden cemetery features an Italianate gatehouse, clasically-inspired mausolea, and a chapel designed by James Renwick. Among its notable “residents” are architects Adolf Cluss (Eastern Market, Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building) and Paul Pelz (Library of Congress).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This event starts half an hour later that normal. We will meet at the Bean Counter at 1665 Wisconsin Ave NW at 10:30am.

We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials.

Cost: Free. RSVP is required

RSVP to Anthony Dimanno

Image courtesy of Historic American Buildings Survey/Library of Congress

Private Tour of The Willard Hotel

Wednesday, August 1st at 6:00 PM
Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00 PM

The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

The Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art  is pleased to present a riveting historical tour of the iconic Washington landmark, The Willard Hotel.

The tour shall be followed by cocktails and merriment in The Round Robin Bar. Cocktails not included with purchase of ticket.

Please sign up early for the evening of your choice. Participants are limited.

Purchase Tickets Here

Fall Classic Cocktail Party

Thursday, September 20th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hollerith House
1617 29th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Please join the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for our Fall Classic Cocktail Party at Hollerith House in Georgetown’s East Village. This Georgian Revival was built circa 1911 by Herman Hollerith, inventor of the key punchcard. It later was home to former president Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

Ticket sales will close on Sunday, September 9th.

Purchase Tickets Here

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