Join us for the 4th Annual Mt. Pleasant House & Garden Tour, in support of the Bancroft Elementary PTO!

All proceeds will go to support the programs and activities of the Bancroft PTO, which always works to uphold our vision and ambitions!!

How It Works:

Spend the afternoon exploring selected homes and garden oases of our Mount Pleasant neighbors. Homes will be open from 2 until 5 pm, Saturday the 8th of April, 2017. Start and end your tour at any house on the tour – there is no set path to follow. Maps will be available at the Mt Pleasant Farmer’s Market on Saturday or at any of the houses on the tour. Check back here soon for more information on the 2017 tour homes!

Following the tour, join us for a post-tour reception and cocktail party from 5:00 – 7:00pm, featuring food from local restaurants and vendors.

The Tour Map:

Click here for the 2017 tour map.
 


Purchase tickets:

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH: Please purchase tickets at the Mt Pleasant Farmer’s Market or at any of the homes along on the tour.

TOUR ONLY: $30. TOUR & RECEPTION: $45.


Featured Homes (open from 2-5pm, April 8th):


3129 19th Street NW

The owners of 3129 19th Street NW moved in December 2014 from Logan Circle, following a year long renovation of the home.

”We did a complete renovation of the house before moving in. We needed to add another full bathroom on the second floor, which led us to change the floor plan completely in order to make sure the layout was harmonious. We renovated the first floor by moving the powder room, creating a hall, and we changed flooring and fully renovated the kitchen. We also rebuilt an extension in the back of the house.”


2065 Park Road NW

Since its purchase in 1999, the home has been through two renovations. “We tried to stay true to the house and tried to restore most original features. We did not paint over the original wood and even painstakingly restored the original staircase side.”

Major improvements include new historic-approved windows, a new kitchen that maintains the original layout, and refinished floors. Boulders were removed from the backyard to make room for new landscaping and three rear decks. In 2013 the 2000 block of Park Road held a centennial block party, as most houses turned 100 years old that year!


1887 Newton Street NW

Mt P residents for the past 10 years, Stacey and Niko have owned this home for three years. The biggest difference to making the house feel more like “us” was to paint all the walls bright white. The aesthetics that appeal most to us are Mexican and Moroccan, so we’d like to keep the walls white so the colors can come through in textiles and other finishes. One exception is the wild wallpaper we put in the entry hall to our living space.

The basement and first floor are rented, so the family lives on the second and third floors.

3435 Oakwood Terrace NW

Hugo and Rebecca Read Medrano have lived in this home for 33 years and in Mount Pleasant for 38.

“The foundation of the house was made with oyster shells (popular in 1910 construction) , which have washed away with time. Therefore, the house sinks and shifts so the window and door frames are always off, making it impossible to insulate. We believe the house moves because of all the good spirits that are in it!

We have renovated the kitchen and two bathrooms, as well as building the deck in the back. With three kids we needed better bathrooms and kitchen space. The deck has enabled us to entertain large groups of actors and artists from GALA Theatre, which we founded and still run.”

3126-19th

1634 Newton Street NW

Bancroft Gardening teacher, Devon Bartlett, and her husband Noah have lived in their home for 15 years and recently renovated the kitchen.

Their children attended Bancroft after they moved to Mount Pleasant, because “we heard that Mt Pleasant had the highest percentage of RPCV’s [Returning Peace Corps Volunteers] of any zip code in the nation.”

1735 Lamont Street NW

Mount Pleasant residents since 1986, Katie Tyler serves as President of the Board of Mount Pleasant Village, and her husband, Tim, is on the Board of Historic Mount Pleasant. They are thrilled with the influx of young families and Bancroft’s influence on the neighborhood.

Since moving in to their current home in 1996, they have modernized the kitchen, while maintaining the original cupboards. They opened up the center hall and added both a combed faux finish to the dining room and pulled plaster crown moulding in the sitting room. The gardens have been overhauled with a koi pond, a raised bed, espaliered apple trees and new landscaping to create several sitting areas. A new retaining wall and front beds enhance the view of the home from the street.

3126-19th

1824 Lamont Street NW
The owners of 1824 Lamont have now enjoyed living in their home for the past year following a gut and renovation project that started in 2014. “The house was huge but in pretty bad shape. The back of the house was collapsing and everything needed work.” DC architect, Lorena Checa, and Mt P contractors, Steve Bradley and Kelly Callahan, oversaw the project.

“We wanted warm, lively and modern for us, our kids and extended family. We love the peaceful residential streets, so close to a vibrant urban enclave.”

Post-Tour Reception (5-7pm, April 8th):


1884 Newton Street NW

Moving from Cleveland to Mt P in 2004, “we found a house we loved and settled in without realizing the incredible community we stumbled upon. We feel so lucky!”

The house was built in 1910. In the 1980’s a dispute between the then-owners and a contractor left the home open for months. The home was eventually restored to its present condition. The current owners have added a screened back porch and flagstone patio, along with knocking down a wall between the dining room and kitchen to create a more open floor plan.