Dc Preservation League

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The DC Preservation League (DCPL), founded in 1971 as “Don’t Tear It Down,” is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and enhancing Washington’s legacy of historic buildings and open spaces so that future generations can enjoy them. DCPL helped draft the City’s 1978 historic preservation law, one of the strongest in the country. Through DCPL’s efforts, the Old Post Office, the Willard Hotel, the Warner Theater, The Greyhound Bus Terminal, and many other important buildings throughout the District of Columbia have been saved from demolition or ill-advised alterations.

As Washington’s only citywide preservation advocacy organization, DCPL identifies significant buildings and neighborhoods throughout the District, monitors threats to them, and increases public awareness of DC’s historic resources. Each year, DCPL prepares a list of Most Endangered Places for Washington, DC, to draw attention to threats facing historic buildings and places that are taken for granted. The organization nominates historically significant places to the DC Inventory of Historic Sites and provides assistance to community and neighborhood groups on preservation issues. Education and outreach programs include tours, presentations to community groups, public conferences, lectures, and publication of historic district brochures. DCPL also tracks local legislation related to preservation and conducts design review of proposed developments to enhance projects that affect historic buildings and neighborhoods.



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401 F ST NW STE 324 Rm 324