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Architectural Historians Talk and Walk


For those with a curiosity about public spaces and how they got that way, Washington's local chapter of architectural historians is hosting a two-day event that covers some of our city's most well-known and least well-known open areas. This group, in case you didn't know, is called the Latrobe Society (named after the first professional architect, Benjamin Latrobe). The first day of the symposium is filled with talks covering topics such as Lost Airports, Creating A Public Riverfront, and (our favorite) Dysfunctional Spaces of Democracy. There is also a lunch session called Washington's Urban Catcher's Mitt, but we have no idea what that means. Day Two consists of a bus and walking tour of gardens that are open to the public but not too many people know about them. The itinerary includes Paul Cret's garden at OAS, Albert Einstein's garden, and a sustainable landscape at George Washington. You don't have to be a member but you do have to register. [Latrobe Society]