Past Events

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the National Shrine

Satuday, March 9th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

National Shrine
400 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017

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 Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The largest Catholic Church in North America, this basilica is an eclectic mix of Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romanesque architecture, with 70 chapels reflecting different cultures and aesthetics. Construction began in 1920 and only officially finished in late 2017 with the completion of the Trinity Dome mosaic.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials. We will meet at Fox Loves Taco at 716 Monroe St NE 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 to Anthony Dimanno

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress/Historic American Building Survey

2019 John Russell Pope Awards

Saturday, March 30th
6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter is pleased to announce the 2019 John Russell Pope Awards celebrating excellence in classical architecture, interior design, urban design and landscape architecture.

The Awards are named for John Russell Pope, 1874-1937, best known as the architect of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Pope’s additional significant works  include the National Archives Building, Constitution Hall, the Temple of the Scottish Right, and Woodend, a mansion in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  As noted by architect and historian Stephen M. Bedford, Pope’s domestic and monumental architecture established him as a “leader in the development of highly refined and restrained American classicism.” The Awards recognize the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture in the Washington Mid Atlantic region.

Price: $200 for all attendees

Purchase Tickets Here

Special Columns & Coffee: John Russell Pope’s Meridian House

Saturday, March 30th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Meridian House
1630 Crescent Place, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hosted by the L’Enfants

Open to all ICAA members, Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion, in which artists and architects are invited to connect, chat, sketch, and visit local architectural gems. This month, in honor of the John Russell Pope Awards, we will be visiting Pope’s Meridian House. Built for US Ambassador Irwin Laughlin in the 1920s, this historic Beaux-Arts home has been the headquarters of the Meridian International Center since 1960. Despite this transition and later renovations, much of its exquisite art and architectural detailing has been preserved.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials. We will meet at the ThreeFifty Bakery and Coffee Bar at the corner of U and 17th Streets NW at 9:30am. We will be sketching at Meridian House from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Cost: Free to all members


Lunch & Learn Tour of the White House

Tuesday, April 9th
Time TBD

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Join fellow ICAA members for a tour inside the White House. Space is limited and the registration deadline is Tuesday, January 22nd.

Time is TBD on April 9th and will not be announced until two to three weeks in advance of the tour.

Registration details are below. Hope to see you there!

Cost: Free to all members

Register Here – Sorry, registration has been filled

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at the Jefferson Memorial

Saturday, April 13th
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Jefferson Memorial
16 E Basin Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20242

This month, to coincide with the end of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival, our Columns & Coffee event will be at the Jefferson Memorial. Situated at the southern edge of the Tidal Basin, this memorial to our third president looks out over the water and directly towards the White House. The memorial was one of the last buildings designed by John Russell Pope and opened after his death. According to the National Park Service, Pope wanted the building to pay homage to Jefferson’s own architectural interests, as seen at Monticello and the University of Virginia, and to celebrate Jefferson and the many roles he played in the founding of our democracy.

Because there are no coffee shops near the memorial, we will instead meet at the memorial’s bookstore at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.


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