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Bloomingdale Neighborhood 2015 House Tour and Art Show

The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) hosted its “Historic, Hip & Happening” biennial House Tour and Art Show on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The Bloomingdale neighborhood is located less than 2 miles from the US Capitol and nestled between North Capitol and Second Streets NW and Michigan and Florida Avenues NW. Bloomingdale is distinguished by its tree-lined streets of Victorian row houses, churches, schools and intimate restaurants. It is DC’s hottest centrally located neighborhood.

The Tour featured the viewing of some of Bloomingdale’s historic sites and the interiors of its most distinguished renovated century-old homes—and much more: It is a celebration of the re-invention, dynamism and diversity of this urban village.

The Tour also included a signature tour program book, workshops by Bloomingdale designers and architects focused on the interior design and landscaping challenges of urban living and historic row houses, discussions with architectural history experts from Howard University, a tour of interest to adults and kids of the DC Water First Street Tunnel site that is transforming the neighborhood’s infrastructure, and an art show and reception at the neighborhood’s historic and hip Old Engine 12 Firehouse restaurant.

House tour Chair Bertha Holliday observed, “The tour [was] an all-day event that encouraged people to understand how Bloomingdale’s homes and the diversity of its residents are related to the neighborhood’s architectural and social histories and evolution. It was a supremely eclectic, informative and fun event”.

The tour’s closing event, the art show and reception, included refreshments, live entertainment, and a meet-and greet. It also showcased Bloomingdale’s prolific arts community and featured performance and art works (available for purchase) ranging from paintings and photography, to sculpture, pottery, and poetry.

According to Zach Sherif, the art Show’s curator, “The art show will served not only to support and inspire the souls of its individual artists, but also to substantially benefit and build a sense of community at large by opening up dialog and conversation among friends and neighbors on aesthetics, and relevant cultural, social and political issues”.

Proceeds from the [event] are used primarily for college scholarships to Bloomingdale youth, but also for support of BCA’s beautification and historic preservation efforts.

[The above entry, subject to editing for InTowner archive purpose, was provided by the Bloomingdale Civic Association.]