James M. Goode will discuss and sign copies of his book Capital Houses: Historic Residences of Washington D.C. and Its Environs, 1735-1965, released by Acanthus Press, on March 29, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Anderson House. Dr. Goode is a local architectural historian.
Capital Houses examines the history of Washington’s domestic architecture over a period of nearly 250 years through an outstanding collection of 56 historic houses in the District of Columbia, including Anderson House, and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Dr. Goode traces their stylistic development, from the first Georgian example, Mount Vernon (1735) in Fairfax County, Va., to one of the city’s best midcentury Moderns, the Kreeger House (1966) on Foxhall Road in Washington. A number of houses, including the Georgian landmark Hayes Manor, the Stickley-designed Dumblane, the Arts and Crafts-style Granger Cottage, and an Art Deco gem, the Mounsey House, are discussed here for the first time. In one of the most comprehensive surveys of the city’s historic houses to date, Dr. Goode paints a picture of private life, taste, and changes in Washington from the first homes in the colonial era to the urban scene today.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture. Light refreshments will be served.