Capitol Hill home tour: home schooling for design enthusiasts


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Consider it a lesson in home schooling. What started 12 years ago when a few moms wanted to raise money for their children’s school has, more than $200,000 later, turned into a study of the latest in home design and restoration.

2012_10_renovatorshometour Photo: Renovator’s Home Tour

Renovator’s Home Tour welcomed nearly 2,000 guests through 9 remodeled Capitol Hill row homes on Saturday. Event organizers say the bulk of their tickets are purchased by home decor and design enthusiasts who come, with notebooks in hand, eager to steal ideas and inspiration from the work on display. It’s the mix of improving and preserving the history of traditional row homes that has made the annual tour in Washington’s largest historic neighborhood so popular.

“The people who live in Capitol Hill today have the same needs as the people who built these original homes,” said volunteer Ted Brady, “and that’s a place to live that’s affordable, comfortable and in a neighborhood where kids can safely learn and play.”

All homes featured have to have finished a restoration within the last year. Proceeds from the tour benefit Capitol Hill Cluster Schools. If you missed this year’s tour, mark your calendar for next year. The event happens the second Saturday in October.

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