81st Georgetown House Tour 2012 is Underway

Frida Burling, Georgetown matriarch who has been officiating the Georgetown House Tour for decades
Frida Burling, Georgetown matriarch who has been officiating the Georgetown House Tour for decades

And now a few words from Frida Burling: Good news for our Georgetown! The 2012 House Tour is getting under way for the 81st year.   It had been started by John Gill's mother, a parishioner of St. John's Church, way back in 1931, as Washington felt the start of the Great Depression. There are rumors that people paid a small amount of money and rode a bus around Georgetown, while a knowledgeable resident pointed out where the important people lived.   Over the next 80 years, as the New Deal, World War II and other wars brought more and more to D.C., our little village grew and grew—but still kept its charm. Was it the Kennedy years that brought so many young couples?

Now in the houses where old couples gave lavish dinner parties, young women push strollers to day care centers and then go on their way to their law offices. But still Georgetown has kept its aura.

So, again on the last Saturday in April, the 28th, curious throngs, as well as many of us residents, will take the Georgetown House Tour to see who lives where, and to admire our structures both old and remodeled.

Stephanie Bothwell and Frank Babb Randolph are the co-chairs, planning to show the architecture and the designs that continue to be admired. Their team of volunteers can show residents and guests around and inside some of our beloved Georgetown homes.   Watch for more news about this once-a-year special treat. The charge for the house tour goes to a very good cause: to help the needy through the outreach program of St. John's Church.

For more information visit GeorgetownHouseTour.com

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