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Dupont house tour ~ continued from October 2018 issue pdf page 1

When his partner, architect Philip Froeder, came to Washington, Cavanaugh followed. Here they began to acquire abandoned and diminished buildings in Dupont Circle to restore, and Cavanaugh began placing hammered lead reliefs on several of these projects. When they completed one of their largest projects at 1801-03 Swann Street in 1977, The Washington Star weekend magazine featured them as some of the few individuals who were crucial in beginning the recovery of Dupont Circle before banks would even loan to the area. A friend suggested that Cavanaugh read Proust’s Remembrance of Times Past for inspiration, since the Charles Swann was the primary character.

Cavanaugh created seven hammered lead reliefs, one for each of the books in the “Remembrance” on Swann Street. He also took the corner commercial space as his studio/gallery until his death in 1985.http://intowner.com/2018/10/03/masonic-temple-project-continued-from-october-2018-issue-pdf-page-1

The Cavanaugh Sculpture Garden as viewed on the west side of Q Street between New Hampshire Ave. & 19th Street. photo--photo--Kathy Ma,.

The Cavanaugh Sculpture Garden as viewed on the west side of Q Street between New Hampshire Ave. & 19th Street. photo–photo–Kathy Ma,.

The tour map will show the Cavanaugh Sculpture Garden installed in 2017 on the grounds of the Women’s National Democratic Club on Q Street and New Hampshire Ave. It contains four sculptures featuring the four periods of a woman’s’ life, from youth to old age. The map also recognizes other Cavanaugh work throughout the neighborhood, including the Proust inspired panels on Swann Street. This year’s tour will explore the many sides of our Dupont Circle Neighborhood.

Among the many sides of the neighborhood in recent time has been 19th Street resident John Harvey’s informal Saturday antiques and collectibles sale in his front yard just south of S Street. On the day of the tour he will be set up in the front yard of the house on the northeast corner of 19th and S Streets.

Also on the tour is the early 20th century neoclassical manor once owned by DC socialite Eleanor “Cissy” Patterson. Now comprised of 92 short-term, fully furnished luxury apartments, the Ampeer Dupont Circle is inviting all tour participants to relax in the Ampeer’s ballroom and sip gently-priced cocktails in the private bar beginning at 3 p.m.

*Gordon Alt, a Dupont Circle resident, is the executive director of the Cavanaugh Foundation.<http://www.cavanaughfoundation.org/index.php> Karol Stanley is serving as chair of the house tour planning committee.

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A Sampling of Other Interiors to be Seen*

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More Belmont Mansion Interiors to Enjoy*

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*photos–Phil Carney, courtesy DCCA House Tour Committee.