Historically Designated Interiors
Historic preservation is almost always focused on the protection of a building or a structure's exterior. Because of this flexibility, residents of historic districts freely remodel the interiors of their homes while external facades are saved from the wrecking ball and incorporated into new construction. Nonetheless, DC's historic preservation regulations allow for the designation of "building interiors." Therefore, interiors are occasionally designated for their historic and/or architectural significance. Of the hundreds of landmarks in the District of Columbia, only 20 landmarks have historically designated interior spaces. This tour covers these landmarks.
Most of these interior spaces have been well-documented, and photographs are available on this website, as well as through other resources.
This tour can be completed by walking, public transport, or car.*
Please keep in mind that most of these interior spaces are private and not open to the public. Some are public, but may require visiting at certain hours and/or booking a tour in advance. Please check individual websites for more information regarding public access.