Join us for a free talk by Emily Eig:
Waddy B. Wood: Rediscovering Wood’s Legacy in Twentieth Century Washington.
Tuesday, March 5th, 7:30 pm at the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street, NW.
The talk is free and open to the public but we are asking attendees to register so we can be sure we have enough seating. Reserve your space at https://waddywood.eventbrite.com.
Waddy Butler Wood was one of the architects hired by the Cleveland Park Company to design distinctive houses for their new development in the 1890s.
Known for his persuasive charm, Wood began his career by designing townhouses in Washington. He was an ardent defender of the Colonial Revival style in architecture and advocated for a new approach to style that would blend old and new. During his career, he gained commissions from senators and congressmen, churches and libraries, private businesses and the Federal government. All while, he speculated on residential property as he designed, occupied, and then sold numerous houses around the city to keep his practice afloat.
This talk will present an overview of Wood’s career, introducing numerous examples of his work within the context of Washington’s stylistic development and the architects who shared these times. Behind his many commissions is the story of the blossoming of Washington’s professional architectural community in the early years of the twentieth century.
About the speaker:
Emily Hotaling Eig is the founder and president of EHT Traceries, a Washington, D.C.-based research and consulting firm specializing in historic preservation. She began researching Wood in graduate school while interning for the National Trust of Historic Preservation. He continues to haunt her, reminding her of the many beautiful buildings he contributed during his architectural practice. Since encountering Mr. Wood, she has studied him and many others who have made Washington the city it is today.