Past Events

John B. Murray Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, February 28th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Oehme, van Sweden
800 G Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Join the ICAA WMA at the offices of our hosts, Oehme, van Sweden landscape architecture, for a lecture by John B. Murray based on his new book ‘The Contemporary Palette, A Classicist’s View’. Drinks and hor’deurves will be served and 1 AIA CEU LU credit will be available for this lecture.

With a perspective that values symmetry, scale, and proportion, classical architect John B. Murray is repeatedly asked to look at decades-old, often historic, spaces, modify floor plans, and revisit materials and ornamentation to create a current and fresh spatial vision that addresses the needs of contemporary life. In this talk, John will share how his firm’s classical take on spatial and compositional problem-solving has evolved and embraced fresh, current concepts for elegant living—always with a classicist’s mandate to establish living spaces that are timeless. This highly visual presentation will showcase John’s work in one of New York City’s most iconic residential buildings, as well as several of the projects featured in his recently-released second monograph Contemporary Classical Architecture John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press).

Copies of Contemporary Classical Architecture John B. Murray will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.

John B. Murray is the principal architect and founder of John B. Murray Architect, a New York firm specializing in city and country residences designed within a classical framework. An honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, John joined the firm Parish-Hadley, where he worked with the legendary designer Albert Hadley. Hadley endorsed the founding of his partnership, Ferguson Murray Architects, LLP, in 1987, which then led to John opening his own independent practice, John B. Murray Architect, LLC, in 1997. John is a member of the ICAA’s President’s Council, serves on the board of the Professional Children’s School, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s Monticello Cabinet and will be a Design Co-Chair for the 2019 Winter Antiques Show. John B. Murray Architect has received multiple Stanford White and Palladio awards. The firm’s work is regularly published in VerandaArchitectural DigestLuxeElle DecorGalerie, and House Beautiful.

Cost: Free with RSVP


Lunch Tour of Sibour’s McCormick Apartments / AEI Headquarters

Thursday, March 7th
Noon - 1:00PM

American Enterprise Institute
1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Join the ICAA for an inside look at Jules H de Sibour’s historic McCormick Apartments recently renovated by Hartman-Cox Architects as the headquarters of AEI (American Enterprise Institute).  Members may remember this building as the prior headquarters of the National Trust where our lectures were once held before renovation.  Finished in 1916, the Beaux-Arts structure once housed 6 luxurious apartments but was converted to office use in 1941. Architect Brian Farrell from Hartman-Cox Architects will lead us through the renovation and changes to the historic structure.

Cost: $5 for L’Enfants, $10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members

Purchase Tickets Here

Photo courtesy of Hoachlander Davis Photography

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

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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


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