Architectural Conservator Discusses Evidence of ‘Ghost Buildings’ on Hill

CHRS Preservation Cafe Talks About Lost Buildings of Capitol Hill

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The 'ghost' of a staircase is visible on this Capitol Hill home. Justine Bello will discuss the buildings that have disappeared, leaving only their ghosts behind.

Have you ever seen a ghost? Chances are you have without even realizing it. Walking is not required to celebrate the season with a ghostly tour of Capitol Hill this Wednesday, Oct. 16.

As one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill is rich with built history—both the buildings that survive, and stories from those that have been lost. Justine Bello, architectural conservator and Capitol Hill denizen, will introduce some Capitol Hill buildings that once graced our neighborhood.

Then, she will discuss the phenomenon of architectural “ghosts”—the physical evidence that remains of buildings that are now gone—to help the audience better understand their homes and neighborhood.

The talk is part of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) Preservation Cafe series and is free to all. The discussion begins 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 16 at East City Bookshop (645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).