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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 | 2 comments

Sneak Preview #1: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

Sneak Preview #1: 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

The Del Ray House and Garden Tour is one of my favorite events in our neighborhood. Not only do you get to see inside those homes you walk by all the time thinking, I wonder what it’s like in there, but you also get renovation ideas, leads on contractors and design inspiration. Most of the homes have undergone some sort of renovation or restoration — whether it’s restoring the home to its original glory or adding a modern addition — and each one is unique and filled with character. This year, the organizers have a special treat for tour participants: A home that isn’t finished and far from perfect, a home that its owners are in the process of renovating, a diamond in the rough. Yes, this is what the living room looks like right now… just seven weeks until the tour. Don’t mind the crackling plaster, this house has good bones, classic window moldings and wood floors that stand the test of time. The owners have agreed to...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 | 2 comments

Local History: Del Ray United Methodist Church

Local History: Del Ray United Methodist Church

Some of the most prominent and long-standing buildings in Del Ray aren’t stately farmhouses or fashionable Art Deco storefronts, but quiet and contemplative churches around the neighborhood. Del Ray United Methodist Church is one of these, tracing its roots in the community back over 110 years. Worshipers first gathered in a house on the corner of Windsor and Leslie Ave. in September 1893. By Christmastime that year, they had constructed a small frame building on the 100 block of East Windsor. They formally dedicated the church in the summer of 1894. As membership grew, they added more buildings including the fellowship hall named for long-time member Wallace Lunceford. They broke ground on the current church in March 1942. World War II delayed construction and the sanctuary was not completed until 1952. Inside the sanctuary you’ll find magnificent stained glass, with light pouring in from all directions, and intricate woodworking and lighting fixtures. At night, lighting inside the building illuminates the stained glass on the large front facade, producing an...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 | 3 comments

Art Deco Alive in Del Ray

Art Deco Alive in Del Ray

Del Ray is rich with architectural history — bungalows, Victorians, post-war rowhouses, and century old farmhouses sprinkle Del Ray’s grid. But take a walk along Mt. Vernon Ave. and it’s hard to miss one of Del Ray’s biggest influences, Art Deco. I’m a huge fan of the fashion and style of the 1920s and 1930s, so when I found out the Del Ray Citizens Association was co-sponsoring a historic preservation conference with an emphasis on Art Deco, I knew I had to attend. The conference was held last weekend in the cafeteria of George Washington Middle School, one of Del Ray’s finest examples of the Art Deco style. The name Art Deco comes from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs held in Paris in 1925. The style’s characteristic geometric shapes, vertical lines and ornamentation can be seen in skyscrapers, offices and commercial buildings around the world. In Del Ray, you’ll see Art Deco all along the Avenue. The chevron pattern over the entrance to Potomac West Antiques is classic Art Deco. More Art Deco ornamentation can...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 | 0 comments

Oh How We Love Our Del Ray Porches

Oh How We Love Our Del Ray Porches

When travel magazines feature Del Ray, they always highlight our neighborhood’s “front porch community.” True, homes with porches around town are ubiquitous — in row houses and detached homes alike — and the styles and ways in which the homeowners decorate them are just as wonderfully varied. I’m willing to bet that you’ll get a friendly wave from someone enjoying their porch swing on just about every block in town, some with colorful shutters on the windows like these in lavender. And this ornate wrought-iron love seat is certainly a lovely sight to behold. The purple pillows look perfectly inviting on this porch with the bright white bamboo and wicker furniture. The homeowners also have one of the versatile indoor/outdoor rugs. A screened-in porch is just right for mosquito-ridden summer nights. And an enclosed porch with glass shutters can be an all-season hangout. Wrap-around porches are great for entertaining large groups. And this one could host a whopper of a gathering. You can’t do much better than to outfit your porch...

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