The National Civic Art Society announces their 2016 “Classical Architecture, Classical Values” walking tours, which will demonstrate the enduring connection between core American values and the classical architecture of the nation’s capital.
Expert tour guides will explain the timeless vision of the Founding Fathers and of their tradition-honoring successors, which has resulted in the iconic public buildings and monuments that superbly embody the principles of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The guides will also examine the role of our memorials in crystallizing national identity and historic memory.
Tours are limited to three hours in length and begin at 10:00 a.m. and cost $15 per person. Tours are free for students, interns, and Hill staffers.
The schedule of tours is:
Saturday, May 14. Ancient Roots of Classical Order: American classicism; our Greco-Roman heritage of thought, language, government, and art. Tour guide: Milton Grenfell.
Saturday, May 28. Therapeutic, Documentary, and Rhetorical Memorials: Comparing and contrasting three different approaches to memorial-making. Tour guide: Clift “Andy” Seferlis.
Saturday, June 11. The View from the White House: Buildings and statues in proximity to the chief executive and commander-in-chief. Tour guide: Anne-Marie Whittaker.
Saturday, June 25. Washington, the Classical City: The ancient cause of liberty; the reasons for independence; the classical principles of our convictions; the aesthetic model of a civil society. Tour guide: Erik Bootsma.
Saturday, July 9. Monumental Washington in the 1930s and 1940s. Classicism in the era of Modernism. Tour guide: Francis Morrone.
To register, click here.