Past Events

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.


Making Dystopia with Professor James Stevens Curl

Friday, May 10th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

The National Civic Art Society and ICAA-Mid-Atlantic cordially invite you to a lecture by distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl on Friday May 10 in Washington, D.C. Curl will speak about his new book Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism.

Curl will tell the story of the advent of architectural modernism in the aftermath of World War I, its protagonists, and its astonishing global acceptance after 1945. He will explain how the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the 20th century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources. The coming of Modernism, however, was not inevitable.

According to Theodore Dalrymple’s review of Making Dystopia, “Professor Curl has written an essential, uncompromising, learned … critique of one of the worst and most significant legacies of the 20th century. … It is a loud and salutary clarion call to resist further architectural fascism.”

AIA CE credits are available for this lecture.

6:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM – Lecture

Location: Cosmos Club – 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Cost: $15 for Members, $25 for Non-Members


Photo courtesy of Lara Platman

About the Speaker: Professor James Stevens Curl has been Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In 2014, De Montfort University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in recognition of his “distinctive contribution… to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation and region.” His many publications include studies of Classical, Georgian, and Victorian architecture, and the most recent edition of his Oxford Dictionary of Architecture was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. In 2017 he was awarded the British Academy President’s Medal for “outstanding service to the cause of the humanities and social sciences” in his wider study of the History of Architecture in Britain and Ireland.

Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at Mellon Auditorium

Saturday, June 15th
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20240

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 Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Designed by Arthur Brown Jr. and named for the prominent American industrialist and Treasury Secretary, this Neoclassical building links the buildings of the Federal Triangle area both physically and aesthetically. The Doric temple motif is used throughout the complex but is most prominent on the main portico, which is topped with magnificently-detailed metopes and a sculptural pediment. The building has been the site of many historically-significant events, including the official establishment of NATO in 1949.

Participants should be prepared to bring their own materials. We will meet at the Timgad Café in the lower level of the Woodrow Wilson Plaza (between the Ronald Reagan and Ariel Rios buildings) at 10:00am. We will be sketching for about 2.5-3 hours, but people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Cost: Free to all members

RSVP to Anthony DiManno

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

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