National Civic Art Society 2016 Classical Architecture, Classical Values Tours
The National Civic Art Society’s 2016 “Classical Architecture, Classical Values” walking tours provide an understanding of the enduring connection between core American values and the classical architecture of the nation’s capital.
Our expert tour guides will explain the timeless vision of the Founding Fathers and their tradition-honoring successors, which has resulted in the iconic public buildings and monuments that superbly embody the principles of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The guides will also examine the role of our memorials in crystallizing national identity and historic memory.
Tours are limited to three hours in length and begin at 10 AM unless otherwise noted. The cost per tour is $15. Tours are free for students, interns, and Hill staffers.
If you have any questions, please e-mail [email protected] or call (202) 670-1776.
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I. Saturday May 14. Ancient Roots of Classical Order: American classicism; our Greco-Roman heritage of thought, language, government, and art. Tour guide: Milton Grenfell.
II. Saturday May 28. Therapeutic, Documentary, and Rhetorical Memorials: Comparing and contrasting three different approaches to memorial-making. Tour guide: Clift "Andy" Seferlis.
III. Saturday June 11. The View from the White House: Buildings and statues in proximity to the chief executive and commander-in chief. Tour guide: Anne-Marie Whittaker.
IV. Saturday June 25. Washington, the Classical City: The ancient cause of liberty; the reasons for independence; the classical principles of our convictions; the aesthetic model of a civil society. Tour guide: Erik Bootsma.
V. Saturday July 9. Monumental Washington in the 1930s and 1940s. Classicism in the era of Modernism. Tour guide: Francis Morrone.
Erik Bootsma is an architect and planner from Richmond, Virginia with degrees from Thomas Aquinas College in classical philosophy and from the University of Notre Dame in Architecture (MArch). Bootsma has practiced architecture with some of the nation’s leading classical architects (M. Grenfell, R. Versaci, D. Schwarz, D. Stroik, et al.), and he has written on architectural philosophy and aesthetics for the Weekly Standard, First Things, and other publications. In addition to his professional practice, Bootsma has lectured about the symbolic, poetic and philosophical meaning of architecture at Catholic University, Hillsdale College, and the University of Notre Dame. Bootsma is also the curator of architecture for the Foundation of Sacred Arts, and he is a board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and a board member on leave from the National Civic Art Society. His current writing focuses on architectural philosophy and aesthetics, and he is writing a book on Catholic architecture.
Milton Grenfell is a classical architect in Washington, D.C. From his architectural firm’s inception in 1986, he has committed himself to practicing in the great tradition of Western architecture and urbanism. Grenfell’s design endeavors range from town centers to fireplace mantles. He also finds time to lecture, write essays for Traditional Building and other journals, and serve on professional panels. His work has been published in numerous books including Building Classical: A Vision of Europe and America, Southern Style, and the Institute of Classical Architecture’s A Decade of Art & Architecture 1992 – 2002. Grenfell holds a B.A. from Williams College and a Master’s in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1997 he received the prestigious Arthur Ross Award from Classical America, which subsequently merged with the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art.
Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and writer. He is the author of eleven books, including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (W.W. Norton, 2011), as well as architectural guidebooks to New York City, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. He was for six and a half years an art and architecture critic for the New York Sun. He teaches architectural and urban history at the New York University School of Professional Studies where he is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He was named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world.
Clift “Andy” Seferlis is a native Washingtonian who has conducted tours in the D.C. area for over fifteen years. Seferlis graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in architectural history. Seferlis has toured for and has administered tours for many of the most respected touring companies from D.C. to New York. Seferlis was a Vice President of Study Tours and for six years was a board member of the Latrobe Chapter of Architectural Historians (the D.C. chapter of the national Society of Architectural Historians). Seferlis is a licensed guide for the city of New York, and he has assisted New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. From 1992 through 2006, Seferlis served as the hands-on restoration specialist for the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle building engaging in dutchman repair and the carving of decorative elements in Seneca Red sandstone. Other stone-carving commissions include Hillwood Museum, Dumbarton Oaks Museum & Gardens, the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, and more. He has been the manager of the Washington National Cathedral database for 15 years.
Anne-Marie Whittaker is a licensed tour guide with expertise in the monuments and memorial of Washington, D.C. She has given tours of the city for 35 years.