Past Events

L’Enfants Annual Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, January 31st
6:30PM-9:00PM

Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florid a Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join us for the third annual anniversary gathering of the L’Enfants!

We will meet at Shaw’s Tavern for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. It will be a time to socialize, to talk about the direction of the club, and to make some announcements of upcoming events!

This event is open to members and non-members alike so please do share this
invitation to anyone you know who might be interested in joining our group of young
professionals. Our members share interests ranging from drawing and sketching, to
expanding their knowledge of the classical arts, to learning about the rich traditions of local art and architecture right here in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Cost: FREE. RSVP is required.

RSVP to Hannah Myers at HMyers@barnesvanze.com

Thanks to Traditional Building for sponsoring this event.

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the Anderson House

Saturday, February 17th
9:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Anderson House
2118 Massachusetts Ave, NW

We will meet at Soho Tea & Coffee at P and 22nd at 9:45am.
Please note the earlier than normal meeting time, in order to join the first tour at 10:15am.

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter.

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

This month, we will be touring the interior of the Anderson House. Attendees may consider doing quick vignette sketches while touring, but most of our sketching time will be spent outside (weather-permitting).
 
 
Designed by the Boston-based firm Little & Brown, the historic Beaux-Arts mansion opened in 1905 as the winter residence of American diplomat Larz Anderson. Anderson was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati-America’s oldest patriotic organization – and donated the house to that organization after his death.
 

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials.

 

Cost: Free. RSVP is required.

Image courtesy of Society of Cincinnati

THE ARCHITECTURE OF JOHN SIMPSON: The Timeless Language of Classicism by David Watkin

The Timeless Language of Classicism by: David Watkin

Thursday, March 8th
6:00pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Lecture
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Cocktail Reception

Washington, DC

The ICAA Washington Mid-Atlantic Chapter is please to present a lecture and book signing by eminent British architect John Simpson.

John Simpson is one of the world’s leading practitioners of new classicism, a contemporary architecture movement that continues the practice of classical and traditional architecture and embraces the virtues of durability, functionality, and beauty. Simpson’s design ethos revolves around the notion that architecture is a public art where each facade forms the character and shape of the public realm—the streets, the squares, and the major civic spaces that we use—and as such must use a language of building that is recognizable and draws on our collective cultural experience. His architecture is thus understandable in a moment and is functional; it is built to last, to be beautiful, and to ensure the comfort and ease of those who experience it, be it the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London or an apartment in a historic building in New York.

John Simpson ESQ. C.V.O. BSC (HONS) DIP ARCH RIBA is the founding partner of John Simpson Architects. His work covers a wide range, from small-scale residential and apartment design to the country house and the town house to large-scale institutional designs. Recent projects include a new academic quadrangle at Eton College; the new school of architecture at the University of Notre Dame; rooms at Kensington Palace; the Stanhope Hotel renovation in New York; town houses in Belgravia and Chelsea, London; among other prominent work.

 

 

Photo credit: John Simpson Architects LLP.

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at DAR Memorial Continental Hall

Saturday, March 10th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

DAR Memorial Continental Hall
17th and D St NW
We will meet at the Starbucks at 20th and E at 10:00am.

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter.

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

This month, we will be sketching at the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Memorial Continental Hall.

Edward Pearce Casey designed the original building, which opened in 1910. However, the DAR quickly outgrew the space, and they hired John Russel Pope to design the Neoclassical Constitution Hall as a second facility in 1928. Constitution Hall’s famous auditorium remains the largest in Washington, DC.

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: Anthony DiManno

Image courtesy of Library of Congress/Historic American Building Survey

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at The Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, April 14th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E Capitol St NE
We will meet at Le Bon Cafe at 2nd and Pennsylvania Ave SE at 10:00am

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion led by the L’Enfants, the emerging architects branch of the ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter.

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

This month, we will be sketching at the Folger Shakespeare Library. This library is among the earliest “stripped classical” designs of Paul Cret, developed as a compromise to appease both the classically-minded Commission of Fine Arts and the classicism-averse client, Henry Clay Folger. He would go on to use a distinctive mix of Beaux-Arts, early Art Deco, and early Modernism to great success in other buildings and monuments.

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 Stephen Howard

Image courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library

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