In The District (of Columbia!)

Happy Monday! We've been sharing a ton of photos on our Instagram page about our city. We've gotten a lot of questions about our posts. Being gals of few words, we don't do too much explaining on insta. However, our blog is the perfect place to dig a little deeper on some of our posts. See below for our highlights of pictures on our Instagram page. 

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1. Renwick Gallery

The Renwick Gallery is a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was built as the first art museum in Washington, DC in 1874. It's nickname is the "American Louvre" and was the original Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Renwick went through a period of renovation and re-opened in 2015 to the smash hit exhibit of "Wonder". The pictures below are the remnants of that exhibit. It will be featuring a new collection this fall. 

The Renwick is beloved by Washingtonians and visitors alike. It is essentially across the street from the White House and can be visited daily from 10-5:30pm. One of the things that is amazing about D.C. is the amount of FREE things to do, Renwick included. 

 

2. Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC

Arguably one of the most stunning property's in Washington is the Mexican Cultural Institute. The Mansion has undergone many different owners in its long lifetime. It was originally built in 1910 for the Secretary of the Treasury during the Taft Administration. It hosted celebrities and lavish events during that time.

In 1921, the Mexican government purchased the home to be used as the Mexican Embassy and was used for this purpose for the next 69 years. 

Today, it is Mexico's Cultural Institute and frequently hosts events to show the bridge between the American and Mexican cultures. It frequently showcases Mexican artists, diplomats, and business owners. 

3. Obama's New Home

Obama is moving into the neighborhood! The picture below is Obama's post-presidency residence. The property is located in Kalorama, a neighborhood in Northwest DC. It is owned by Joe Lockhart, who served as Press Secretary under Bill Clinton. 

The home was built in 1928 and has nine bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms. However, this is not the permanent location for the Obama's. It will be their temporary residence until Sasha finishes high school. 

4. Historic Preservation

The L'Enfant Trust holds conservation easements on over 1,130 historic Washington, DC properties. They protect historic properties against demolition, neglect, and insensitive alterations, and ensure that buildings maintain their historic character in perpetuity.

This particular picture was taken a street away from our headquarters. There are historic homes riddled with these in DC. You seem them everywhere!

Up Next: Historic Highlight: Hillwood

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