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2ND TOUR ADDED - Preconstruction Tour: Arlington House

Join AIA|DC, The National Park Service and GWWO, Inc./Architects for a tour of the historic Arlington House. Tour guides include Ming-Yi Wong, Historical Architect, and Kimberly Robinson, Museum Curator, and Bryan Fisher, AIA of GWWO, Inc./Architects.

Arlington House is now under the stewardship of the National Park Service and receives more than 400,000 annual visitors. Starting this spring, the property will close to the public to undergo an extensive rehabilitation with the objective of restoring the site and buildings to a period of significance reflecting Lee’s occupancy while better accommodating visitors through improved exhibit displays and upgraded accessibility.

During this tour, participants will get an up-close view of the preconstruction conditions and an overview of NPS strategies for addressing the site’s most pressing preservation challenges. Guides will also offer behind-the- scenes access to some rooms and spaces not normally open to the public.

Organized by: AIA|DC Public Architects Committee and the Association of Preservation Technology


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic history of the Arlington House and grounds;
  • Identify appropriate strategies for restoration of historic materials including masonry, plaster, stucco, faux painting, and wood;
  • Investigate universal accessibility strategies for an historic property; and
  • Analyze trade-offs between full restoration of an historic property to an earlier time period versus rehabilitation to accommodate modern demands.