House Tour

Bloomingdale House Tour 2013 logo

The biennial Bloomingdale House Tour provides funding for college scholarships given by the Bloomingdale Civic Association, neighborhood beautification efforts, and other community enhancement efforts.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

1:00pm - 8:00pm


Check out the program from the 2013 Bloomingdale House Tour & Art Show [PDF]


The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) will host its “Historic, Hip & Happening” biennial House Tour and Art Show on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The Bloomingdale neighborhood is located less than 2 miles from the US Capitol and nestled between North Capitol and Second Streets NW and Michigan and Florida Avenues NW. Bloomingdale is distinguished by its tree-lined streets of Victorian row houses, churches, schools and intimate restaurants. It is DC’s hottest centrally located neighborhood.


The Tour features the viewing of some of Bloomingdale’s historic sites and the interiors of its most distinguished renovated century-old homes—and much more: It is a celebration of the re-invention, dynamism and diversity of this urban village.


The Tour also includes a signature Tour Program Book, workshops by Bloomingdale designers and architects focused on the interior design and landscaping challenges of urban living and historic row houses, discussions with architectural history experts from Howard University, a tour of interest to adults and kids of the DC Water First Street Tunnel site that is transforming the neighborhood’s infrastructure, and an Art Show and Reception at the neighborhood’s historic and hip Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant.


House Tour Chair Bertha Holliday observes, “The Tour will be an all-day event that will encourage people to understand how Bloomingdale’s homes and the diversity of its residents are related to the neighborhood’s architectural and social histories and evolution. It will be a supremely eclectic, informative and fun event”.


The Tour’s closing event, the Art Show and Reception, includes refreshments, live entertainment, and a meet-and greet. It will also showcase Bloomingdale’s prolific arts community and feature performance and art works (available for purchase) ranging from paintings and photography, to sculpture, pottery, and poetry.


According to Zach Sherif, Art Show curator, “The Art Show will serve not only to support and inspire the souls of its individual artists, but also to substantially benefit and build a sense of community at large by opening up dialog and conversation among friends and neighbors on aesthetics, and relevant cultural, social and political issues".


Attendees are required to check-in for the Tour using their pre-purchased tickets (or purchase tickets on site) from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Rustik Tavern (First and T Streets NW). The Art Show and Reception will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant (North Capitol and Quincy Streets, NW).


Proceeds from the Bloomingdale Civic Association House Tour are used primarily for college scholarships to Bloomingdale youth, but also for support of BCA’s beautification and historic preservation efforts.


Tickets (inclusive of all Tour events) are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour (no charge for children under the age of 12). Tour Tickets may be purchased in advance online at  or at the following local ticket outlets:   Windows Café & Market (First and Rhode Island NW) and Big Bear Café (First and R NW). Tickets only for admission to the Art Show & Reception may be purchased for $15 at the Art Show. For more information, go to  Do not miss the 2015 Bloomingdale House Tour & Art Show on October 17 (Rain date: October 18)!

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Attendees can sign-up for the following workshops during check-in:


Bloomingdale: A Unique Neighborhood Of Historic Architecture  1:30pm-2:00pm, Howard University Professors


Lighting 101: 2:30pm-3:00pm, Interior And Lighting Designer Zach Sherif


Color It: 3:15pm-3:45pm, Interior Designer Tynesia Hand-Smith


Stage It: 4:00pm-4:30pm, Interior Designer Tynesia Hand-Smith


Landscaping The Urban Garden: 4:30pm - 5:00pm, Landscape Architect Molly Scott

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Tour Tickets may be purchased in advance online at  or at the following local ticket outlets:  


Windows Café & Market (First and Rhode Island NW)


Big Bear Café (First and R NW)


Bloomingdale Farmer's Market (Every Sunday)


Tickets only for admission to the Art Show & Reception may be purchased for $15 at the Art Show. 

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