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D.C. Design House, the region’s best show house, ends after 10 years

A loss for both Children’s National and for design and architecture lovers

The 2017 D.C. Design House.
Photo by Michelle Goldchain

It’s a loss for lovers of everything dealing with design and architecture, but it was a unanimous decision. The Board of Directors for the non-profit D.C. Design House, Inc., which oversees the annual D.C. Design House show house event, have decided to disband after raising more than $2 million for Children’s National Health System during the organization’s 10 years.

Every year, D.C. Design House would allow top area interior designers to showcase their talents by renovating different sections of one home. These homes were located all around the region, from Wesley Heights in Washington, D.C., to McLean, Virginia, to Potomac, Maryland. With each event, tickets were sold in order to contribute to Children’s National, the nation’s number one hospital for neonatology and one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

D.C. Design House Chair Susan Hayes Long said in a statement, “I would like to congratulate and thank all of our designers over this incredible decade and the boutique vendors who gave everyone a reason to shop.”

In a statement, Skip Singleton, principal of D.C. Living Real Estate, said, “We all want to proudly end the DC Design House on a high note for what we collectively achieved. We are grateful for our all-volunteer staff working hard throughout the years to keep costs low in an effort to maximize our annual donation to Children’s.”

If interested in reliving some of the best show houses this region has seen in the past 10 years or seeing what will be missed for the future, take a look inside the 2015, 2016, and 2017 show houses that were part of D.C. Design House.