October 7, 2023

L’Enfants Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at The Franciscan Monastery

L’Enfant Social Sketching: Columns & Coffee at The Franciscan Monastery

Saturday, October 7, 2023

12pm – 2pm

1400 Quincy Street, NW, Washington, DC 20017

Columns & Coffee is a monthly social sketching excursion let by the L’Enfants, the emerging professionals’ branch of the ICAA-WMA Chapter. 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 Franciscan Monastery. The Monastery is hte US home of the Holy Land Franciscans, designed by architect Aristide Leonori who also designed the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. The monastery is home to the beautiful church, collonnade and garden for architects and designers to study and learn from.

We will me at 11:45am at the front of the church’s main entrance and sketch around the church, colonnade or garden.

For questions or additional information please contact Tommy Vince at tommy.vince@dmsas.com.


October 17, 2023

Lunchtime Tour of Salon Doré

Guided Tour of Salon Doré

Monday, October 17, 2023 – 11am – 12pm

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 500 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Mary Coughlin, Deputy Director, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, will lead a tour of the Salon Doré . The Salon Doré is the Corcoran’s 18th-century French period room. It was originally part of the hôtel de Clermont, an important early 18th-century private residence in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, an old aristocratic quarter of Paris. After purchasing the house in 1768, Pierre-Gaspard-Marie Grimod, Count d’Orsay, commissioned the Salon Doré as the drawing room for his bride, Marie-Louise-Albertine-Amélie, Princess de Croÿ-Molenbais; it was completed just in time for their marriage in December 1770.

In 1926, the room’s gilded wall paneling and ceiling mural came to the Corcoran as part of the bequest of William A. Clark (1839-1925), an industrialist and United States Senator from Montana. Senator Clark purchased the room around 1904 for installation in the mansion he was building on Fifth Avenue at 77th Street in New York City. The Salon Doré as it is today is the product of these two great patrons of the arts, the French Count d-Orsay and the Francophile Senator Clark.

This event follows the tour in April of the Lansdowne House Dining Room, a Period Room, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and is part of our series on Neoclassical interiors in the United States.


November 8, 2023

An evening with Stan Dixon at the Georgetown Club

An Evening with Stan Dixon at the Georgetown Club

Wednesday, November 8th – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Georgetown Club – 1530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Join us to celebrate Stan Dixon’s eponymous book, The Residential Architecture of D. Stanley Dixon: Home.   HOME is the debut book from award-winning Southern architect Stan Dixon, one of a highly influential group of Atlanta-based architects and designers who are revolutionizing the design world with their work. Stan Dixon’s edited approach to the classical elements of architecture creates an understated aesthetic that is historically based while embracing influences of modern design. Through contextually sensitive work of appropriate style, scale, and proportion, he crafts buildings of permanence and delight, while providing their occupants with a beautiful place in which to live their lives. Dixon takes risks in blending genres and styles, with results that are creative and original.

In the book, Dixon shares thirteen projects that vary geographically and stylistically—from a whimsical coastal re­treat on Jupiter Island to an elegant English-manor-inspired dwelling on the coast of South Carolina. Each house explores a different component of his aesthetic, instructing the reader in the nature of authentic architecture while simultaneously delighting them with moments large and small—a shadow of garden gate, a striking stairwell, a tiered veranda.

$60 – Non-ICAA Members

$50 – ICAA Members

$20 – L’Enfants

Copies of the book will be available for sale and refreshments will be served.

Please refer to The Georgetown Club for dress code.