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Washington Social Diary

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Point of View Wendy Kopp on the importance of teachers..................................................................................... 58

editor's letter........................................................... 8

around town Musical Merriment.............................. 60


social zeitgeist When parties were just for fun....... 64

INSIDER'S GUIDE Bookfest, eco-watch and more........... 10 cinematic crusade Local stars at the Enivornmental Film Festival.................................................................................14


Social Calendar Spring soirées......................... 16

National Kidney Foundation Casino Night ...................... 57

my washington Michael Kaiser's favorite places...... 18

Pink-Tie Party.......................................................... 56 Inova's 'Every Kid's a Rock Star'................................... 62

pollywood Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner....................................22

WL-Exclusive events

HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC Mira Sorvino, Katy Adams and Cat Ommanney.................................. 24

Gauguin "Maker of Myth" Opening............................... 65

diplomatic dance Embassy Row success stories..... 30 Egyptian Embassy Concert..................................................31

Teach for America Book Party........................................ 59 Nigel Barker Book Party.............................................. 57 St. Jude Gourmet Gala................................................ 62

Turkish Embassy Jazz Festival...................................... 31 J Street Gala Dinner.................................................. 32 "Arabia 3D" Screening.......................................................32

special Feature the A-list Heads turn when they enter. .......................... 26 armed for earth Going green for national security....34


parties, parties, parties...................................... 66

Banking on Sustainability PNC's LEED Platinum building. ........................................................................36 green city Environmental leaders.....................................38


Capital Movement Winter Fundraiser............................... 63 Young Concert Artists Benefit........................................ 61 CNMC's Dancing After Dark....................................... 61

HOME Life inside homes Landscape architect Richard Arentz's Virginia masterpiece.................................................................. 69 interiors Eco-friendly products for the home. ................. 74 RE NEWS The Upper Crust................................................ 76 OPEN HOUSE Something Old, Something New.............. 78 who's next The State Dept.'s resident pop star............. 82

garden muse Fashion's verdant inspiration.............. 41 glitterati Earthly treasures................................... 48 trend watch Colorful favorites............................ 49 capital portraits Artful Washingtonians............. 50

48 74 on the cover: Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Sen. Scott Brown (Photo by Vicky Pombo). FROM top LEFT: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; Sally Quinn pictured with “Sally Quinn,” by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) (Photo by Tony Powell); the Jose Solis-designed interior of the home of Washington-based landscape architect Richard Arentz (Photo by Roger Foley); ROOM & BOaRd Emmet sofa, made in Minnesota, ($649); 1840 14th Street NW; www.; free-form florals Tiffany Lily Brooch with diamond and pliqué-a-jour enamel in platinum and 18 kt. gold. Price upon request. Tiffany & Co.,



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ashington insiders think they’ve seen it all – and, truth be told, many of them have. It’s pretty hard to elicit a physical response, i.e. “rubbernecking,” from “Inside the Beltway” types at a major event. When that happens, you know someone rather important has arrived. It doesn’t have to be the president or first lady or even a former president or first lady. Media heads will turn the second Christiane Amanpour walks into a room. Ditto diplomats when they spy the Chinese and British ambassadors conferring in a corner. Sports enthusiasts break huddle when Dan Snyder is present – no matter the Redskins’ win-loss record. Corporate types pivot at the sight of Steve Case and David Rubenstein. Being “A-List” oftentimes has just as much to do with personality as job status and rank, which is why our annual compilation is not only a major effort but also a lot of fun.We’re sure you’ll enjoy reading it to see who’s come on and who’s come off. To help inspire the awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment that we celebrate on Earth Day (April 22), we visited a select group of influential leaders who are helping make the Washington region the “greenest” in the country.We take you inside one of Washington’s first LEED Platinum buildings, PNC Place, where PNC Financial Services is demonstrating how workplaces can have a dramatic impact in preserving the planet. You’ll also discover plenty of practical ways to contribute – and not just by pulling out your (recycled) wallets.Whether you’re looking to redecorate your home or just indulge in a simple meal, there is information to help you play your part. We are also privileged to share a unique preview of the National Portrait Gallery’s landmark exhibition, “Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington’s Private Collections.” We coaxed the owners of distinctive works by such artists as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol to pose with their


artworks in a very personal – some might say revealing – manner that you will surely appreciate. Speaking of poses, photographer Tony Powell takes us inside Georgetown’s historic Tudor Place for our fashion editorial, which will surely inspire your seasonal garden gatherings. Our signature coverage of the Washington social scene continues in this issue with entertainment luminaries Michael Douglas, Ben Affleck and Michael Bolton at the Kuwait America Foundation Dinner with former President Bill Clinton and Saudi royals at the premiere of the film “Arabia 3D.” We stopped by book parties for “America’s Top Model” judge Nigel Barker and Sarah Blake of “The Postmistress” fame, and attended the preview of the National Gallery’s blockbuster exhibit of Paul Gauguin’s Polynesianinspired works. WL-sponsored events seen on these pages include the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party and Inova Hospital’s “Every Kid’s a Rock Star” benefit. We expect to see you at even more events to come including the 19th annual Kennedy Center Spring Gala, the WL-sponsored 8th annual National Alzheimer’s Gala and Bachelors and Spinsters Ball,Vital Voices’ Global Leadership Awards, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and more.

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FYIDC The Insider’s Guide to Washington | A guide to home design, sensational stationery and bookish Bethesda

Paper Dolls

It’s easy to spend hours at Dandelion Patch getting lost amid all the pretty paper products on display. Owner Heidi Kallett opened her flagship store in Vienna in 1994, then expanded to Georgetown, Reston and Leesburg. Along the way, the shops have garnered accolades from Washington insiders and beyond. Traditionalists will love such classics as Crane’s stationery; fashionistas will swoon over Vera Wang and Lilly Pulitzer.

Book Fest

All Lit Up

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Family Affair

All it took was one tintype of a Union drummer boy to get teenage brothers Brandon and Jason Liljenquist of McLean, Va., hooked on personal stories of the Civil War. Their collection of approximately 700 photos of soldiers and their families has been donated to the Library of Congress. About 400 ambrotypes (on glass) and tintypes (on metal) from the collection are featured in a major exhibition titled “The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection.” Free, April 12 through August 13, second floor South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.

Downtown Bethesda isn’t just for shoppers this month. The 12th annual Bethesda Literary Festival goes into high gear with author meetand-greets, writing and reading contests and other activities from April 15-17. Look for District literary luminaries Richard Wolffe, former Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana, NPR’s Michele Norris and journalist/and author Cokie Roberts and her husband STEVE ROBERTS. Free, www.

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DC Design House

Help raise funds for Children’s National Medical Center at this year’s DC Design House. Interior designers from the greater Washington area descend on the Wasserman family home at 3134 Ellicott Street NW (the late George Wasserman was one of the founders of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington) and will put their aesthetic stamp on virtually every inch of the 12,000-square foot residence.The festivities include boutiques and an art gallery. Doors open on April 9 with tours through May 8. $20,



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Eco-Watch Celebrate Earth Day all month long with eco-friendly products and hot spots

Eco Star Being eco-conscious and looking good is easy with G-Star RAW’s sustainable clothing line. And it’s not restricted to individual pieces – an eco-responsible ethos is built into the company’s business, so you can feel good no matter what you wear. Soho 5620 in recycled vintage denim jacket, $450, G-Star RAW Washington, D.C., 202-232-8520..

Dream On Tossing a can into a recycling bin has never meant so much. Now, each time you recycle a bottle or can in one of PepsiCo’s 370 “Dream Machine” recycling bins throughout Washington, the company will make a donation to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a free program to teach post-9/11 disabled veterans business skills. The program is also trying to raise the U.S. recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. For locations and more information, visit

Food for Thought

Volt Jolt Miles to go before you sleep? Hop into a Chevy Volt and go, go, go! Thanks to its lithium battery, the Volt can run for miles before losing its charge. And even then, the car kicks into “extended” mode, letting you drive for an additional 300 miles or so on gas before you need to recharge. Once you’re ready, just plug it in to any wall outlet and get ready for another day of driving.“Plug and play” has never been so easy. MSRP $32,780,

Rack It Up Pum and Jake Lefebure, cofounders of Washington’s Design Army, have taken their aesthetic crusade to the streets, this time in the form of bike racks. Cleverly dubbed “Re(Cycle)” because they’re made from old parking meter heads donated by the city, the creative firm’s whimsical take on the bike rack located on the 1900 block of Pennsylvania Ave. NW just might make you want to get around on a bi-ped.


Executive Chef David Creamer brings his conscientious use of sustainable, locally sourced ingredients to Renaissance Arlington Capital V i e w ’s new restaurant SOCCi: Urban Italian Kitchen + Bar. The LEED Silver-certified eatery serves up Italian-inspired country bruschettas, hearth-fired pizzas, sandwiches and more along with tasty wines and cocktails in the earth-tone lounge or intimate private tasting room. It all adds up to a satisfyingly green affair. SOCCi, 2800 South Potomac Ave., Arlington,Va., 703-413-1300.


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Sandy Cannon-Brown and Joan Murray, “Henry A. Wallace: An Uncommon Man” and “America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden” Cannon-Brown is president and founder of VideoTakes Inc. and an award-winning writer, producer and director. Murray is president of the Wallace Genetic Foundation and a board member of the film festival. Cannon-Brown and Murray produced “Henry Wallace,” a portrait of Murray’s grandfather who catalyzed the modern “green revolution” in agriculture. Their second film (directed by Murray) explores the U.S. Botanic Garden and the importance of plants to our existence.

Robert Nixon, “Mission Blue” Nixon spent more than 15 years producing programs on the earth’s most endangered ecosystems and species. His “Mission Blue” follows the efforts of oceanographer, explorer and author Sylvia Earle’s wish to convene a group of scientists, philanthropists and conservationists in Galapagos to bring awareness to the world’s oceans.

Laura Seltzer, “The Last Boat Out” Laura Seltzer has been producing, directing and managing the production of award-winning documentaries and educational programs since 1993. She founded Seltzer Film & Video in 1995 for the purpose of producing social action videos that inspire change. Her short, “The Last Boat Out” tells the inspiring story of a family of Chesapeake Bay watermen trying to preserve their way of life in the face of development and pollution.

Marilyn and Hal Weiner, “Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization”

Michael English, “The Runoff Dilemma” A nine-time Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, English writes and produces environmental documentaries for Maryland Public Television and formerly reported on environmental legislation for national news outlets. His documentary explores the controversy surrounding agricultural runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, the major pollution crisis facing the bay today.

Through their production company Screenscope, the Weiners have produced, written and directed over 225 documentaries, produced four public television series and three feature films. They have been honored with numerous awards and accolades. “Plan B” follows one of the world’s most influential thinkers, renowned environmentalist Lester Brown as he visits world leaders to discuss ways to respond to the dangers of climate change, while offering audiences with hope for positive solutions. Lavinia Currier, “Oka! Amerikee” A native of The Plains,Va., Currier is an active conservationist and farmer in Hawaii, Colorado and Virginia. She is president of the Sacharuna Foundation and has had a long involvement with Tibet issues. As a filmmaker, she has traveled often with WWF to the Dzanga-Sangha region in the Central African Republic to film the Bayaka pygmies. Her film captures the exuberance of the Bayaka pygmies and the harsh realities of their lives in equatorial Africa.


Cintia Cabib, Gardeners”




Cabib is an independent producer, videographer and editor whose award-winning programs have aired on PBS affiliates and on cable television. Her documentary explores how a common pursuit can bring a diverse group of people together to improve their lives and their communities.





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he 19th annual Environmental Film Festival in March featured 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. Here are the local filmmakers and films to watch.

Please join us... D.C. Region Gala: Leadership Changing Lives

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mandarin Oriental 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20024 Reception 6:30 p.m. Dinner and program 7:30 p.m. Business Attire

Event Chairs:

Katherine and David Bradley


Kristin Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitine

Walter Isaacson

Christie and Jeff Weiss

President and CEO, The Aspen Institute Chair, National Board of Directors, Teach For America

Finance Chair:

Lawrence P. Fisher, II

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Over 750 philanthropic, corporate, social and political leaders attend this moving event aimed at building awareness of Alzheimer’s disease as a national medical priority. Proceeds directly benefit the care and support programs, research and advocacy efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. National Building Museum; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner; $500, tables starting at $5,000; black-tie; contact Jennifer Christiano, 877-885-5776,



The annual awards celebration honors remarkable, worldwide women leaders. The evening – attended each year by founder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – encourages women to propel the cause for peace and prosperity in their communities. Kennedy Center Opera House; 7:30 p.m.; $350; cocktail; contact Tanya Skubiak, 202446-0510,



just might be a big night for eminently eligible singles! At this invitationonly event, guests survey the scene – much as they have since the event started in the 1930s. The City Tavern Club, 3206 M Street NW; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; invitation only; black-tie; contact Chris Larsin, 202-339-0300,



Known as Washington’s answer to the Tony Awards, this star-studded annual event honors excellence in local professional theater and features Washington’s biggest cast party. The Warner Theatre and JW Marriott Hotel; 6 p.m.; starting at $250; black-tie; contact Allison Dreskin,




Get ready for a sensational evening of dining and dancing amid beautiful art and the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran’s always spectacularly lavish decor. Guests include Washington’s diplomatic, business and philanthropic communities. Proceeds benefit the Corcoran’s exhibitions, educational programs and community-outreach initiatives. Corcoran Gallery of Art; 7 p.m.; starting at $500; black-tie; contact Kristen Guiter, 202-639-1867, kguiter@




Lady Sheinwald and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald arrive at the Russian Embassy for the 2010 Corcoran Ball. (Photo by Tony Powell)

Members of the Cabinet and Congress compete with other Washington personalities to prepare specialty hors d’oeuvres from their own recipes. A gourmet dinner and six best chef awards – including best in show – complete the evening. National Building Museum; 6:30 p.m.; starting at $1,000; black-tie; contact Shannon Gilbert, 703824-0111 ext.11.



Don’t forget your spring hats at this benefit luncheon in the shadow of the Washington Monument. The Trust’s largest annual benefit supports its efforts to spruce up America’s front yard. National Mall; 11:30 a.m.; starting at $500; business attire (spring hats encouraged!); contact Allison Signorelli, 202-407-9420.



After dinner at more than 25 embassy residences, guests converge on an alwayselegant and over-the-top setting. for drinks and dancing. The party somehow seems to out-do itself year after year, but this year has the added wow factor of honoring the incomparable Placido

Domingo. Chancery of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; 9:30 p.m.; black-tie; contact 202295-2449 or

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How would you like your time in Washington to be remembered?


We put the word “national” into national cultural center.


My Washington Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

1. GINEVRA DE’BENCI I can never tire

of viewing this extraordinary painting by Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery of Art. It is certainly one of the great art treasures of Washington D.C., and frankly, of the entire world. 2. SPORTS CLUB/LA, 1170 22nd Street NW

I spend an hour every morning here and have lost over 60 pounds on their treadmills and weight machines. I have gained a more profound respect for my own body and its limitations. What NEW SHOW are you most excited about right now? The Kennedy Center production of ”Follies,”with an all star cast that includes Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Ron Raines, Elaine Paige, Linda Lavin and Danny Burstein.

through the Tidal Basin and marvel at how amazingly beautiful this city can be.

4. THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION, 1600 21st Street NW Is there a more perfect spot for

reflection and inspiration? In a city with astonishing visual arts institutions, the Phillips ranks number one in my book. 5. THE NEWSEUM, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW A wonderful, enlightening addition

to Washington, the Newseum belongs in the nation’s capital. It is a favorite place to visit for every one of my out-of-town guests.

3. MARCEL’S, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW The


food is wonderful and interesting, the wine list is one of the best in Washington and the service both impeccable and warm. I have never had a bad meal at Marcel’s – and they offer limousine service to the Kennedy Center!

perfect spot to watch July 4th fireworks with the Potomac River and major monuments providing a magnificent backdrop.


7. THE TIDAL BASIN AT CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME. Every year I take a walk, by myself,

What might your most farout dream for the Center be? Figuring out how to bring 20-year-olds into the arts.

Name a performing arts personality you wish you had known but never did. Rudolph Nureyev


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The Nexus of Politics, Hollywood, Media, and Diplomacy | Hollywood on the Potomac, Kuwait American Foundation Dinner and more

Rima Al-Sabah and Ben Affleck at the Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner (Photo by Tony Powell)


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Michael Douglas and Michael Bolton (*) Huda Farouki, Abeer AlOtaiba, Samia Farouki and United Arab Emirates Amb. Yousef Al-Otaiba (*)

Teresa Heinz and Sen. John Kerry

Rima Al-Sabah, Bill Clinton and Kuwait Amb. Salem Al-Sabah

Talal Al-Sabah, Ben Affleck and Kiko Al-Sabah

Evan Ryan, Huma Abedin and Rep. Anthony Weiner (*) w l e x c l us i v e


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Janet Howard (*)

Cindy McCain and Sen. John McCain

Gene Sperling, Jay Carney, Claire Shipman and Allison Abner (*)

STARS ON SUNDAY: Luminaries from the worlds of politics, entertainment, diplomacy and big business stood elbow-to-elbow at the donor appreciation dinner to celebrate the Kuwait-America Foundation’s $2.9 million gift to the USO. “No cause is more appropriate,” hostess Rima Al-Sabah noted, “than the military personnel who give so much of themselves every day.” MAJOR MOMENTS: Former President Bill Clinton’s spellbinding, extemporaneous keynote speech on the state of the world; actor Ben Affleck’s confession that while he’s never served in the military, he has “made quite a few bombs;” pop singer Michael Bolton’s version of “Nessun dorma” from “Turandot.” DONORS: Chevron and so many others! View all the photos at!

Jeffrey Bader and Rohini Talalla with Melanne and Philip Verveer (*)

Secretary of Labor Gary Locke and Mona Locke (*)

Laura Holcombe and Joe Robert Jr.

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Actress Advocate


Mira Sorvino puts the spotlight on child trafficking


The power of “The Music Never Stopped” was no match for the power that went out at the E Street Cinema screening hosted by the


ere’s a party tip: If you’re hosting an impromptu dinner and want guests to show up, have Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino as your guest of honor. That’s exactly what Kimball Stroud did after Sorvino attended a briefing on child trafficking on Capitol Hill with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), filmmaker Libby Spears (“Playground”) and several survivors of child trafficking. Sorvino spoke passionately about the topic to guests who joined her later at Ris restaurant. While the subject matter is obviously serious, she managed to inject some humor when talking about her own childhood, while stressing how times have changed.“My sister used to run away from home like every two months. She’d get mad at my parents and just run away and then we would find her hiding under a tree,” she said. That was then, however, and this now; we are living in a very different world. “I’m proud to be supporting Libby’s work.

Impact Arts + Film Fund. Mickey Hart of The

It’s very fearless, very dark and few people would actually be able to handle the subject matter,” Sorvino said while thanking the filmmaker.“You were really brave in exposing the underbelly of our culture that doesn’t value our children the way that it should.” The rest of the evening was an “in-and-out” affair. Hunter Biden stopped by; Wyden went into the kitchen to personally thank Chef Ris Lacoste for an incredible dinner; and before you knew it, the actress was headed back to L.A.

Grateful Dead, whose band is featured in the flick, took it in stride. “The movie just stopped and it became a little strange. It’s kind of like a Grateful Dead concert,” he said. “Anything can happen.” During the “fixer break” the 67-year-old legend was carded for a glass of wine. “I didn’t have my I.D.,” he joked. The movie chronicles the painful journey of a father and son adjusting to the latter’s cerebral trauma, his father’s regrets and the remarkable use of music therapy. Spotted: Tipper Gore and Nancy Pelosi.

Mickey Hart and Nancy Pelosi

Sgt. Doug Justus and Mira Sorvino

HEARD quotable quotes from around town Q&A Quickie

94.7 Fresh FM’s psychedelic DJ Tommy McFly on his campaign for PopChips V.P. with Ashton Kutcher: “I cover Hollywood and politics. Plucky. Own a suit. Never tired. Never fake. Always popped!”


Sean Spicer RNC Communications Director at The Week’s Oscar party on his Oscar Pop Quiz score: “I got zero because I’m really focused on economic policy.”

Katy Adams Yeas & Nays columnist 0n Ireland: “I spent a summer in college writing for a magazine in Dublin. I ate and drank so much that I think I made up for the potato famine while I was there.”

said of her book “Inbox Full” at her book party at Eden. Per the title, it’s an online diary full of personal text messages. She hasn’t heard from anyone from the inbox “because all the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at a St. Patrick’s Day fête: “I’m going to continue in Irish for the rest of this speech.” Thankfully, he did not. Ron Reagan and Betsy Fischer


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Vice President and Mrs. JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR. (Jill)

His Excellency the Ambassador of Kuwait, Sheikh SALEM ABDULLAH AL-JABER ALSABAH, and Sheikha RIMA AL-SABAH Ms. CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR and Mr. James P. (“JAMIE”) RUBIN

Ms. ADRIENNE ARSHT The Honorable BEN S. BERNANKE, Chairman, Federal Reserve Board, and Mrs. Bernanke (Anna) Mr. JEREMY BERNARD The Honorable and Mrs. JAMES H. BILLINGTON (Marjorie) The Speaker of the House of Representatives and Mrs. JOHN A. BOEHNER (Debbie) Mr. BENJAMIN C. BRADLEE and Ms. SALLY QUINN


Associate Justice and Mrs. STEPHEN G. BREYER (Joanna) Senator SCOTT BROWN and Ms. GAIL HUFF Mr. and Mrs. CALVIN CAFRITZ (Jane)


President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

Ted Leonsis

Jill Biden

Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM N. CAFRITZ (Buffy)

Mr. and Mrs. PLACIDO DOMINGO (Marta)

Representative and Mrs. DAVE CAMP (Nancy)

The Honorable THOMAS E. (“TOM”) DONILON National Security Advisor to the President, and Ms. CATHERINE RUSSELL

Representative and Mrs. ERIC I. CANTOR (Diana) Mr. JAMES (“JAY”) CARNEY and Ms.

Senator and Mrs. RICHARD (”DICK”) DURBIN (Loretta)


Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT S. DUVALL (Luciana)

Mr. and Mrs. STEVEN B. (“STEVE”) CASE (Jean)

Mr. and Mrs. KENNETH FEINBERG (Diane)

The Honorable and Mrs. RICHARD B. CHENEY (Lynne) The Honorable STEVEN CHU, Secretary of Energy, and Mrs. Chu (Jean) The Honorable WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON and the Honorable HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, Secretary of State Her Royal Highness INFANTA CRISTINA and His Excellency INAKI URDANGARÍN, Duke of Palma de Majorca The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM M. (“BILL”) DALEY (Bernadette) His Excellency the Ambassador of France FRANÇOIS DELATTRE and Ms. SOPHIE

Senator and Mrs. AL FRANKEN (Frannie) The Honorable ROBERT M. GATES, Secretary of Defense, and Mrs. Gates (Becky) The Honorable TIMOTHY H. GEITHNER, Secretary of the Treasury, and Mrs. Geithner (Carole) Mr. DONALD E. GRAHAM Mr. DAVID GREGORY and Ms. BETH WILKINSON






Representative and Mrs. JOHN D. DINGELL (Deborah/”Debbie”)

The Honorable ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., Attorney General, and Dr. SHARON MALONE

The Honorable and Mrs. CHRISTOPHER J.

Representative STENY H. HOYER

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Vice President Joe Biden

Elaine Chao

Sen. John Kerry

David Gregory

Attorney General Eric Holder and Sharon Malone

Christopher Dodd


Katharine Weymouth

Admiral MICHAEL G. (“MIKE”) MULLEN, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Mullen (Deborah)


The Honorable JANET NAPOLITANO, Secretary of Homeland Security

Associate Justice and Mrs. ANTHONY M. KENNEDY (Mary)

The Honorable and Mrs. WILLIAM T. NEWMAN, JR. (Sheila Johnson)


Her Majesty Queen NOOR AL-HUSSEIN

Senator JOHN F. KERRY and Ms. TERESA

The Honorable LEON E. PANETTA, Director, Central Intelligence Agency, and Mrs. Panetta (Sylvia)


Mr. and Mrs. JAMES C. LEHRER (Kate) Mr. and Mrs. THEODORE J. (“TED”) LEONSIS (Lynn) Mr. and Mrs. THEODORE N. (“TED”) LERNER (Annette) Mr. and Mrs. J. WILLARD MARRIOTT, JR. (Donna)

Senator and Mrs. RAND PAUL (Kelley) Representative NANCY PELOSI and Mr. PAUL PELOSI

The Honorable and Mrs. COLIN L. POWELL (Alma) Mr. and Mrs. EARL A. (“RUSTY”) POWELL, III (Nancy)

David Rubenstein

Valerie Jarrett

Associate Justice and Mrs. ANTONIN SCALIA (Maureen) His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland SIR NIGEL SHEINWALD and Lady Sheinwald (Julia) Mr. and Mrs. DANIEL M. SNYDER (Tanya) Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE C. STEVENS, JR. (Elizabeth/“Liz”) Mr. DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, and Ms. ANNE SINCLAIR Mr. RIchard trumka, President, AFLCIO, and Mrs. Trumka (Barbara) Senator MARK R. WARNER and Ms. LISA COLLIS


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Senator and Mrs. HARRY M. REID (Landra)



Mr. and Mrs. CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS (Kathleen)


Senator and Mrs. JOHN S. MCCAIN, III (Cindy)

Senator and Mrs. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, IV (Sharon Percy)


Senator A. MITCHELL (“MITCH”) MCCONNELL and the Honorable ELAINE LAN

Mr. and Mrs. DAVID RUBENSTEIN (Alice)

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His Excellency the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China YESUI ZHANG and Ms. CHEN NAIQING Mr and Mrs. JEFFREY D. ZIENTs (Mary)

Mr. and Mrs. ROGER SANT (Victoria/“Vicki”)

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The Washington ‘A-List’ Roundtable


HE SCENE: T h e Je f f e r s o n Hotel’s quiet and cozy Book Room is the perfect spot to ruminate about the state of Washington’s proverbial “A-List.” It’s quiet, comfortable, delectable (given the full English tea, properly ser ved) and also rather inspiring – given that the walls are lined with books both written and inscribed by the hotel’s most famous guests.

SW: This president likes being

with his staff. In the old days, presidents let the Washington socialites compete to woo their inner circle. The goal prize was to be the first to get the President and First Lady over for dinner, and that usually meant Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. KC: True. Nancy Reagan


it agreed that you can generally tell if someone is “A List” the minute they walk into a room?

A very proper chat over tea at the Jefferson Hotel with Roxanne Roberts (The Washington Post). Winston Bao Lord (co-founder, Venga), Susan Watters (Women’s Wear Daily) and Kevin Chaffee (Washington Life). (Photo by Kyle Samperton)

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Usually, although some people electrify more than others. Bill Clinton, for example. One always assumed that the political names are the most A-List, but I am starting to think Washington is now more like other cities now that people from other arenas are playing a bigger part.

SUSAN WATTERS: Socializing in Washington can provide a kind of transparency. When reporters are per mittd inside the White House to cover a State Dinner – something the Obamas don’t allow – writers get to share those moments with their readers. The President and First Lady become less isolated, less packaged, more like regular folks.

WINSTON BAO LORD: You don’t see the top

sports and business people out at big events all that much – Jeff Zients, for example, an entrepreneur who is now federal chief performance officer and deputy at the Office of Management and Budget. He and his wife, Mary, are a power couple and chair several philanthropic groups. When they do go out, heads turn. Sports people come and go in waves. Alex Ovechkin [of the Washington Capitals] was hot last year; this year a case could be made for [Washington Nationals’ third baseman] Ryan Zimmerman, not only because of his performance in the field, but also his tireless commitment to the ziMS Foundation, dedicated to his mother, who was diagnosed with MS.


RR: There has been some criticism of them for their lack of engagement. Going to a restaurant on date night doesn’t count as being part of a town.

CHANGING TIMES KC: The old guard has passed from the scene

and no one is left who observes the exacting standards that once set them apart. Can anyone here draw 30 A-Listers to their home now except for [Kuwait Ambassador Salem AlSabah and Rima Al-Sabah]? RR: Adrienne Arsht makes that effort. So few others do.

wasn’t partying with David Stockman and Ed Meese. N ow a d a y s I g u e s s staffers are the elite.

RR: People here had unrealistic expectations the Obamas might engage with the community and part of that was a hope they would help to integrate the city more.That has happened – but only as a by-product of the election, not because they’ve reached out socially.

SW: Obama finally got dressed up in his little

white tie and went to the Gridiron Dinner where he basically said, “What are you all doing having a high school play? This is all really outdated.” It works for him. WBL: Politicians are paranoid about 30-second commercials which may take their appearance at a Washington event out of context and be used against them in the next election. It is the unfortunate by-product of how polarizing politics has become. I think Mrs. Obama is engaging with the community and using her bully pulpit, which comes with the added benefit of safe photo-ops to highlight her passions, like the “Let’s Move” campaign. She is not the first First Lady to do so, and hopefully won’t be the last. RR: I do think that a vast majority of voters





realize that you can go to a black-tie event and not be corrupted. SW: It goes back to a lack of civility. If we had more entertainment, there would be more civility because people would get to know each other.

KC: As Susan has already pointed out in Women’s Wear Daily, some guests have been miffed to discover a velvet rope physically separating them from the Obamas during meetand-greets at the White House.

WBL: The ability to get along after hours is really

WBL: It must be the first time that has ever

important. Look at the relationship that Senators [Ted] Kennedy and [Orrin] Hatch had.

to the city and administration with respect. It’s heartbreaking that politicians are embarrassed by it. That notion is really sad.

happened. RR: Those interactions aren’t even taking

place at all now, which is why people are more fossilized, more polarized. WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT

KC: The legislators did try recently with their RR: I hope they get rid of that. Another

frustration I am hearing is that entertaining at the White House now seems to be more about photo ops than actually being entertained.

“dates” from the opposite party on the night of the State of the Union address. RR: Silly but admirable.

KC: Mayor [Vincent] Gray would certainly part the waters if he showed up at an elite party right now, albeit for the wrong reasons.

SW: People are turning down invitations

WBL: If it brings back a bit of civility, I’m all

because they don’t want to work their way down a long rope line.

for it.

RR: Prior to the scandal, the mayor would

RR: Still, I was surprised

automatically have been A-List.

[Speaker of the House] John Boehner turned down a state dinner invitation for the third time. He should have gone out of respect for his historical role as Speaker as well as the president of China. It is a further dismantling of histor ic tradition.The longer it goes on the harder it is to repair.

SW: That’s the difference between Washington

and other major cities. In Hollywood, people don’t really care who the mayor or police chief is. They want to see entertainment industry types. KC: Again, some of the moguls are playing a major role, although most are rather quiet about it. WBL: Yes, but they are proud of being from

Washington and don’t disassociate themselves from it. Ted Leonsis, for example, celebrates D.C. and that’s what makes him a leader here, in business, sports, filmmaking, etc. KC: Jeremy Bernard, the new White House

social secretary, is the new hot “get.” Let’s hope he goes out on the town a bit.

A M O N G T H E N E W FAC E S O N T H E ‘A - L I ST ’

KC: Foreign relations-

oriented affairs used be completely bipar tisan. Democrats showed up for Nixon’s state dinners even during Watergate.


Christiane Amanpour

James Carney

adrienne arsht

SW: There is a sense of awe RR: I’ve heard he is a ton of fun. Maybe the

fact that he is the first male social secretary … SW: …means that he won’t be competing with

Michelle Obama! RR: One of the things this town is begging for

is to have better relations with administration officials. People want to entertain them and be invited to the White House. The degree to which Bernard engages will be important.

and wonder to these state occasions.You never know whom you are going to sit next to at dinner and that makes it special and allows you to feel as if you are part of a bigger tradition. It’s what keeps you young. Now, much of it is lost. RR: We are all par t of

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Diplomatic Success Stories Jazz for Turkey, cake for Esther, cancer cure for many By GAIL SCOTT


Ne hot ticket Wide media coverage of Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan’s successful “Ertegün Jazz Series” has created a new problem: how to accommodate everyone who wants to attend the remaining five concerts. Produced by “Jazz at Lincoln Center” and sponsored by Boeing, this series was conceived originally by the ambassador to honor the legacy of Ahmet Ertegün – the Turkish founder of Atlantic Records, who, with his brother Nesuhi and his father Munir Ertegün (Turkey’s envoy from 1935 to 1944), held Washington’s first integrated jazz sessions in the embassy’s grand Sheridan Circle residence. “This series resonates in Washington,” Tan says, “and I’m getting enthusiastic phone calls, e-mails and notes from people here, in Europe and at home. “It’s testimony to one of Turkey’s greatest virtues: tolerance. We are an embracing society and this series puts bones and flesh on that cherished tradition.” UNTYING DIPLOMATIC KNOTS Ambassador of Singapore Chan Heng-Chee and former Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Susan Blumenthal pulled out the stops to celebrate Esther Coopersmith’s birthday with an all-ladies luncheon full of surprises at the embassy in late January. “I still can’t believe so many of my favorite women took the time, especially Jill Biden,” Coopersmith said,.“She’s so busy. She doesn’t go


Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue “spreads her magical fairy dust” to “untie diplomatic knots” when others can’t. “She not only opens doors for diplomats, she opens her heart as well.”

TIMING IS EVERYTHING Prevent Cancer Foundation’s “Enchanting Principality of Esther Coopersmith prepares to cut Monaco” Gala at the National her “seven continents” cake with her Building Museum wasn’t birthday hostesses, Amb. of Singapore Chan Heng-Chee (right) and Dr. Susan just another social event for Blumenthal (left). Ambassador of its honorary patron, Ellen Monaco Gilles Noghès, Ellen Noghès and Dr. Craig Jordan celebrate at Noghès, the American-born the Prevent Cancer Foundation Gala. wife of Ambassador of Monaco (Photos by Gail Scott) Gilles Noghès. After surviving anywhere!” This persuasive Washington hostess cancer three times in the past 15 years, she is a should know; an invitation from Esther is usually passionate advocate for the cause. a “command performance“ in this town. “Early cancer detection is the gift of life,” Although she herself had demurred with she said. “The outreach and research that the “No, thank you, I don’t need a birthday foundation is doing, as they have raised over party, ” Coopersmith admittedly loved every $120 million in the last 25 years, is priceless.” moment from Biden’s surprise drop-by to “We were in Paris when I was diagnosed Hillary Clinton’s personal tribute. Those who and treated both my first melanoma and breast came and stayed for the two-hour love-in cancer,” said the 17-year veteran of diplomatic included Reps. Doris Matsui and Loretta postings on all seven continents. “Even though Sanchez, the ambassadors of the Netherlands I spoke French, being in a foreign hospital, in and Liechtenstein, Chief of Protocol Caprica a medical system far away from family and Marshall, and Assistant Secretary of State Ann friends made it worse. I know how alone you Stock, plus more than a dozen top diplomatic can feel. No matter what language you speak, a wives. diagnosis of cancer leaves you speechless.” The only men allowed were young and Noghès now encourages others in the flirty: American University’s all-male chorus, diplomatic community to reach out to each “On a Sensual Note,” who serenaded the other when cancer strikes, hopefully making blushing guest of honor while extolling her this dreaded diagnosis a little easier to hear. many virtues. Just this past year, she has helped three other Before Coopersmith could cut her cake ambassadors’ wives fight breast cancer. “In our decorated with all seven continents, Chan small, intimate support group, fears and concerns hailed her as the “United States Ambassador to can be expressed … and life celebrated.” the World,” noting that UNESCO’s Goodwill


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Jerome Barry and Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry

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Davidi Gilo and Sen. Maria Cantwell

Rep. Donna Edwards

A GALA TO GIVE VOICE: J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, held its second annual gala to honor human rights advocate Kathleen Peratis with its Justice and Peace Award. After cocktails and dinner, keynote speaker Naomi Chazan addressed the crowd and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg introduced the honoree. Guests coming out to support J Street’s mission to “Give Voice to Our Values” included Rep. Chris Murphy, Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry and CBS News National Correspondent Dan Raviv.

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UNWRAPPING ARABIA: Guests at the opening night debut of the new documentary, “Arabia 3D” at the National Museum of Natural History were treated to a glimpse into a country rarely seen. Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, the giant-screen production dazzled viewers by taking them deep into the exotic and fascinating land of Arabia in the first major film photographed entirely in Saudi Arabia. The VIP screening was hosted by the Saudi Amb. Adel A. Al-Jubeir and attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, British historian Robert Lacey, and eight ambassadors and several members of Congress. Also attending was student filmmaker Hamzah Jamjoom, who narrated the film along with Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren. (*) photo by John Harrington

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Armed for Earth The Department of Defense is going green to save American lives


n perhaps no other organization in the United States is there a more heated controversy about the importance of “going green” than within the Federal government itself. Congress cannot decide whether or not to have compost bins in the Capitol cafeteria, let alone whether highways or high-speed rail should receive the budgetary right-of-way, or whether climate change is caused by man. Yet across the Potomac from the heated rhetoric on the Hill, an unlikely leader has quietly emerged in the quest for renewable energy and the fight against climate change: the United States Department of Defense. D r ive n not by high-minded environmentalism, but the pragmatic and mission-focused minds of the Pentagon whose challenge is protecting American security, the


military is leading the way toward energy independence and the adoption of cleaner sources of energy. It has become increasingly clear to these military leaders that the staggering price of oil, America’s dangerous dependence on hostile regimes for it, and climate change’s effect on international stability are all threats to America’s national security. Fuel is expensive. Even with a $690 billion budget in FY2010, D.O.D. isn’t above feeling pain at the pump, especially in these times of budget crunch. As Vice Admiral Lee Gun U.S.N. (Ret.), plainly put it, “Every $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil costs the Department $1.3 billion. That money comes at a direct and serious cost to other war fighting readiness priorities. That price is even higher on the front lines. The cost of delivering one gallon of

gasoline to remote posts in Afghanistan can be upwards of $400. But the price of transporting oil to forward bases must not be measured in dollars alone; one in every 24 convoys carrying fuel to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan results in the death of a U.S. soldier.” Aside from costs, there is a deep and painful irony that military leaders know all too well: money spent to fuel combat aircraft and power forward operating bases contributes to funding the same terrorist enemies the U.S. military confronts on battlefields around the globe. America’s voracious demand for oil puts money directly into the hands of nations like Iran, which, through front groups, channels money into terrorist hands. al-Qaeda itself is a product of Middle East oil wealth. Meanwhile, even the Taliban’s top source of funding is private





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donations from wealthy individuals in the Persian Gulf – most of whom got rich selling oil to the United States.“American overdependence on oil has led to a hapless foreign policy in the Arab world,” says Navy Commander Thomas D. Kraemer. “It has weakened our nation’s international leverage and empowered exactly the wrong countries. Iran is using oil revenues to finance development of nuclear weapons and to insulate themselves from the economic sanctions that could result.” Yet this is only the tip of a melting iceberg. A mounting threat to the security of the United States and allied forces overseas is global climate change, a “threat multiplier,” which causes floods, famines, crop failures and droughts. It’s a problem recognized in the D.O.D.’s most recent strategic plan, the Quadrennial Defense Review, which recognized that climate change weakens international stability, escalates conflict and exacerbates the socioeconomic conditions that foster terrorist recruitment. This deadly dynamic was recently showcased in Pakistan, where regional insurgents and terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda capitalized on severe flooding to recruit desperate survivors. This dynamic, with climate impacting the most vulnerable places on earth, creates urgency for policymakers as they address carbon emission reduction. And while some continue to doubt the climate consensus, those who have served in combat have learned a clear lesson: waiting for perfect certainty on the battlefield is how you lose the fight. Jonathan Powers, special advisor on energy for the U.S. Army, recently noted that “the Army knows that addressing the challenges of energy security is operationally necessary and financially prudent. It is a key consideration for our installations, weapon systems and contingency operations as threats to our supply both home and abroad are growing.” Prior to his role at the D.O.D., Powers served as the chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project, a group leading the way to organize veterans in support of clean energy action. Through a wide range of initiatives, D.O.D. is doing all it can to promote energy conservation (ENCON, in military jargon) throughout its branches, with the goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from




non-combat activities by 34 percent by 2020. The Air Force has turned to using cool-roof technology to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings while reducing water run-off. The Navy is preparing to sail a carrier strike group – the “Great Green Fleet” – purely on biofuels by 2016. Additionally, the Army and Marine Corps are investing in deployable solar generators to cut our use of fossil fuel on the front lines. Just recently, the Army and Marines began testing solar panels in the field in Afghanistan – ensuring a source of power for forward bases that is not dependent on supply lines stretching thousands of miles. That level of clean energy penetration means that the D.O.D. has placed clean energy responsibility with everyone, from the greenest private to the saltiest colonel. “The Army is working to create a culture where every soldier is a power manager, to drive efficiency across our force, and build resilience through renewable and alternative energy,” says Powers. These more flashy energy use changes, however, just scratch the surface of a change in culture that puts the needs of the service member first, ensuring they have the funds and tools they need to effective protect the nation. Even the ongoing Pentagon Renovation Project, upgrading the world’s largest office building,


is speeding ahead of schedule with energy and financial savings as the goal. The project has been conducted under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, using low-flow plumbing fixtures, and 420,000 square feet – nine full football fields – of drywall made with a high percentage of recycled material. And the efforts to “green” the facility spill out to the parking lot, where the Pentagon has reserved parking spaces for those who carpool and vanpool to work. With oil consumption fueling our enemies, American troops at risk transporting fuel across the battlefield, and climate change threatening global peace and prosperity, the D.O.D. knows that oil addiction is a serious enemy. Fortunately, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines don’t shrink from a challenge. While climate change deniers look for places to make poundfoolish budget cuts, military leaders are thinking big and taking bold action. The Pentagon is taking serious steps to go green – not to save the polar bears or the rainforest, but to save American lives. Michael Breen is the vice president of the Truman National Security Project. He is a former U.S. Army captain and Iraq War veteran.

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Banking on Sustainability PNC Financial Services Group leeds the way toward environmental sustainability

PNC Place opened at 800 17th Street NW in 2010, making it one of Washington’s first U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum office buildings. WL-contributor and National Academies Fellow Arman Shehabi explores the stunning 350,000-square-foot building, which houses the company’s regional headquarters, other tenants, retail space and a parking garage, with Gary Saulson, Director of Corporate Real Estate for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Onsite Controls Through individual controls for blinds, heating and cooling, occupants can manage their own lighting and thermal comfort. Air quality and motion sensors also allow the building’s computerized management system to save energy by automatically adjusting lighting, heating and cooling rates in large conference spaces when they are not occupied.

Eco-Lobby/Climate wall The striking two-story waterfall, a thin sheet of re-circulated water running down stainless steel mesh, cools or heats the lobby efficiently through flowing water. Assisted by radiant flooring, this design moderates the lobby temperature and humidity with minimal energy demand and creates a “transition space” that reduces the drastic difference in climate between the street and indoor environment.

Indoor air Quality Indoor paints, adhesives, sealants and other materials emit low or no harmful compounds. Extra ventilation provides 30% more fresh air over current standards, and together with the prohibition on toxic cleaning chemicals, creates a healthier environment for employees.


Water/Plumbing In comparison to traditional properties, the low-flow fixtures throughout PNC Place are estimated to save about 1,300,000 gallons of water annually. Additional savings are achieved though a 5,000-gallon rooftop cistern used to irrigate the green roof and piped to hose bibs for street-level irrigation. The on-site drinking water purification system eliminates the need for transporting bottled water and managing the resultant stream of empty plastic bottles.


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Sky Garden 15,000 square feet of vegetation covering 50% of the roof helps minimize stormwater runoff and provides an added layer of insulation that reduces heating and cooling requirements. The Sky Garden helps extend the life of the roof, requires less maintenence and also creates a habitat for wildlife.

Regional Supplies/Wood Almost 33% of building materials came from no farther than 500 miles from the project site. Additionally, 70% of the wood used in the project was FSC certified. This includes fire-rated plywood, blocking and rough lumber, and door veneers and cores.

windows The building’s windows are doubleglazed with solar and frit coatings that minimize heating and cooling loads throughout the year. Reducing electric lighting use, the floor-to-ceiling windows also create great views and contribute to tenant productivity, while the exterior sunshades still allow lots of daylight.

Recycled Materials 23% of building materials are made of recycled products. 96% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill; 26,000 tons of waste was recycled or salvaged.

Location The building’s proximity to Metro and bus lines, as well as onsite showers and cycle storage, make it easy for employees to leave the car at home and walk, bike or run to work.


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Pnc’s Leed The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for high-performance green buildings. Initiated more than 10 years ago, PNC Financial Services Group now owns more newlyconstructed LEED-Certified buildings than any company on earth, with over 100 green branches and offices in 15 states plus Washington, D.C.


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Washington Life recognizes 12 environmentalists greening the community

Hedrick Belin

president, Potomac Conservatory

Belin protects water quality, preserves scenic beauty and encourages responsible recreation in the Potomac River watershed. Recently, he spotlighted concerns regarding intersex fish in the Potomac in the Conservatory’s annual “State of the Nation’s River” report. He is currently mobilizing a grassroots effort to recommend immediate replacement of 450 trees that were removed along 1.5 miles of the Potomac River shoreline by Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County, Va.

Ken Cook,

president, Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Ken Cook co-founded EWG in 1993 with a mission to protect public health and the environment by publicizing reports and data regarding chemical pollution. He is particularly concerned with the effects of toxic substances on children. Cook famously testified on the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in an effort to reform the country’s toxic chemicals policy. EWG’s consumer friendly reports help Americans make informed choices about their decisions to buy products such as fruit and sunscreen.

Dr. Wilton Corkern,

president and CEO, Accokeek Foundation

Wilton Corkern helps to steward 200 acres of Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Md., on the shore of the Potomac River. The Foundation’s Ecosystem Farm, an innovative demonstration of sustainable agriculture and beginning farmer training, expanded under Corkern’s leadership as a resource for farmers and the general public. The center now offers nearly 50 lectures, tours, workshops, films and training events annually.

Rhon Hayes and Philip O’Neal, co-founders, Green DMV

Hayes and O’Neal give historically low-income communities and communities of color the opportunity to go green. Green DMV promotes clean energy and environmentally-oriented jobs in low-income communities as a pathway out of poverty. They recently launched an interfaith environmental education program for faith-based communities throughout the District.

Nick Maravell,

owner, Nick’s Organic Farm

Maravell founded the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association, the Maryland Small Farm Cooperative and Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. He works closely with farmers and scientists at the Organic Farming Research Foundation to publish the National Organic Research Agenda. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed Nick to a five-year term as a member of the National Organic Standards Board in January 2011.



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Michael A. Nardolilli,

president, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

Nardolilli has helped preserve 5,370 acres in Northern Virginia. Currently, he is working to create interconnectivity among northern Virginia’s green areas to allow animals to move between one protected land and the next, following in the footsteps of Archdruid David Broward. As the volunteer president of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association, he oversees operation of the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Lab, a 210-acre educational facility in Broad Run that 9,000 Arlington County public school children visit each year.

Erich Pica, president, Friends of the Earth

Pica directs the domestic policy programs, notably its tax and budget work, including the Green Scissors campaign that identified more than $200 billion in government subsidies to nuclear, coal, oil and biofuel entitites that damage the environment and harm consumers. He also leads F.O.E.’s fight for strong global warming legislation and is authoring a major critique of current approaches to climate change describing the weaknesses of the Lieberman-Warner global warming bill.

Nora Pouillon,

owner, Restaurant Nora

Pouillon channels her frustration with the processed, chemical-laden foods that Americans eat into the mission of Restaurant Nora, which became the nation’s first certified organic restaurant in 1999. Pouillon is also known for launching the farmer/chef connection by connecting the farmers of the Tuscarora Organic Growers Coop (TOG) to other local chefs, helping to ensure their farms’ economic viability. She also initiated the very first producer-only farmer’s markets in the nation’s capital, now known as Fresh Farm Markets which has grown to include eight active markets.

Stewart Schwartz,

executive director and founder, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Schwartz’s Blueprint for a Better Region promotes urban revitalization, transit-oriented development, affordable housing and more walkable communities. The attorney and retired Navy captain with a long history of environmental work also leads the Reconnecting Virginia transportation reform project while serving on the board of the Virginia Conservation Network.

Dan Simons,

concept developer and managing owner, Founding Farmers, Farmers & Fishers, and forthcoming Founding Farmers Park Potomac

Simons’ desire for sustainability drove the development of Founding Farmers, the first LEED Certified Gold restaurant in the nation’s capital. He sources all food from family farms, ranches and fisheries across the United States and has committed to a $25,000 scholarship for a student to study sustainability at George Washington University.

Flo Stone,

president and founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

Stone is the founder of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, which furthers the public’s understanding of environmental issues and solutions through film. This collaborative festival presents hundreds of environmentally focused films across the city to promote environmental awareness and action. Under her stewardship, the festival has grown from only 1,200 attendees in its first year to over 20,000.

Mike Tidwell,

founder and director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Tidwell is an author and filmmaker whose books and documentary films depict the dangers of global warming. At Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Tidwell and his staff work to improve the health of local communities and the environment. Some of their projects include stopping mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia and encouraging solar and wind energy alternatives throughout the Midatlantic region.


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Capital Portraits The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of treasures from Washington private collections features very personal works loaned by more than 50 of the city’s most prominent residents.Washington Life visited with a few of them before the show’s April 8th opening. E D I T E D B Y K E V I N C H A F F E E | P H O to s by T ony po w e l l

Ina Ginsburg ina ginsburg BY Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1982


Andy and I were very comfortable with each other, having become friends while traveling together on the Concord to Paris, going to Studio 54 – then the place to go in New York – and sharing many other adventures. Still, when he suggested the portrait and told me how to prepare I was really excited but a bit nervous. Alone with him in the big room in his famous “Factory,” I was comfortably stretched out on

a chaise longue, shoes off, entirely without makeup and covered with a heavy white foundation. My face was a blank to be painted the way he saw it. To keep me at ease, we chatted all the way through his snapping Polaroid pictures and occasionally telling me to change my pose.You did not sit for your portrait, you were photographed for it. I kept the Polaroids he took. I am happy I did.


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Bernard and Joan Carl Susan in Toque with Roses BY Mary CassatT (1844-1926) Oil on canvas, circa 1981

My husband and I were immediately drawn to this lovely painting, viewed one evening on the far wall of a New York gallery. The room was filled with the buzz of a classic “preview” that night, but only this piece drew us in. We remain intimately attached to it and can imagine the Paris studio where two young women sat to create this painting in the avant-garde spirit of Impressionism. We love the soft, simple strength of the subject’s demeanor – selfpossessed, inquisitive and beautiful – and the embracing subtlety of Mary Cassatt’s straightforward composition, fluid brushstrokes and rich, velvety color. As gardeners, we also love the pop of pink roses on the chapeau! Also, being parents of a boy and two girls, we love the fact that a very independent American woman painted this piece over 100 years ago. “Susan in Toque with Roses,” a warm and welcome addition to our family, now graces our living room in Washington. – Joan Carl






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Susan Eisenhower Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower By Dwight David Eisenhower (18901969), Oil on artist board, circa 1952, after 1941 photograph


My grandfather was an enthusiastic amateur painter, unbothered by any public evaluation of his talent. He simply enjoyed the process of painting and producing what he called his “daubs,” which he gave to family and friends. I well remember standing behind him while he sized up his subject, painting from small photographs he’d selected for attention. He loved working with colors. On a few occasions he gave me his work, straight off the easel. Ike painted my grandmother many times. He often chose a person or

a pose to highlight a time, an image or an object that connected him to his subject or the gift recipient. He also painted many of his wartime colleagues, including a fine portrait of Winston Churchill. The British prime minister was also an amateur painter and the two of them swapped their work during Ike’s White House years. Perhaps the best portrait Ike ever painted was of Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery. This handsome, sympathetic rendering now hangs in the British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington. WA S H I N G T O N L I F E

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Freddy and Diana Prince Frederick Henry Prince, III By Paul Manship (1885-1966) Marble, 1928

Freddy has always loved this bust of his father as a pensive 5-yearold. At some point we ended up with a top hat that belonged to Freddy’s grandfather, so we dressed him up in it. We think it gives the bust a rather jaunty and festive air. Hopefully Paul Manship would have approved. – Diana Prince






Sally Quinn Sally Quinn By Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Each, framed: Seriograph, collage and mixed media, 1986


I had been in New York co-anchoring “CBS Morning News” with Hughes Rudd. We were outrageous and irreverent, and the show just didn’t work. It was an immediate disaster, but that’s what Andy liked about it. He was part of a cult who watched it. It was canceled after six months. Later, when I wrote my book, Washingtonian magazine did a story and commissioned him to do a cover portrait. When I went to New York to pose for it, Andy photographed me in white makeup. It wasn’t very intense, just very easy and casual. Andy died about six months later and I called his executor, Fred Hughes, to inquire about buying it. That’s when I found out about the second portrait

and the four collages. I bought all of them with my book money. I didn’t want to be too show-offy by having them downstairs in my house, so I hung the collages in my third floor office. The orange oil went over the mantel in Ben’s office, and the yellow oil went to my apartment in New York. When I look at them now, I like the collages better – they are much more imaginative. He caught my ironic edge, a certain tilt to my mouth, that allowed me to discover something about myself that I hadn’t seen before. They also make me think of Andy, and that makes me laugh because he was one of the few who actually liked our awful TV show. He got that we were being outrageous.


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Jordan Haas and Anna Kimsey at the Pink Tie Party. (Photo by Kyle Samperton)


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SPRING AWAKENING: Nothing gets Washington more into a Springtime vibe than the National Cherry Blosssom Festival, which kicked off with yet another fabulous Pink Tie Party. The 600-plus guests enjoyed a lively dance performance by the Cobu Taiko Drum Ensemble, a silent auction, cherry blossom-inspired dishes and pink cocktails from 30 of Washington's top restaurants, including Bibiana, LIMA, ris, 1789, Zengo, and Charlie Palmer Steak. Presented this year by Macy's and OpenSkies, the crowd was welcomed by Cherry Blossom Festival president Diana Mayhew and honorary host/chef Richard Sandoval. A portion of the proceeds supported the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund. CHERRY POWER: Steve Neibergall, Janice Massey Cutts, Samuel Muscarella, Greg O'Dell, Eugene Profit, Michael Golden, Shawn Breck, Raj Palta, Julie Zelaska, and Anna Kimsey.

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TOTAL BEAUTY: Runway wannabes waiting for an inscription got a few extra words of advice from “America’s Next Top Model” judge Nigel Barker when he was here to promote “Nigel Barker’s Beauty Equation: Revealing a Better and More Beautiful You,” a book that challenges readers to discover their inner beauty by building confidence and self-esteem that will also enhance their outer beauty. GLAMOUR GUIDE: The famed photographer, documentary filmmaker and serial celebrity guest waxed rhapsodic with career tips as the tittering crowd sampled cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Green Room, Eden’s recently opened first floor lounge.

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MARDI GRAS AT THE MELLON: Large wads of Monopoly money hit the gaming tables at the National Kidney Foundation’s Casino Night as 500 supporters, egged on by Redskins cheerleaders and former star linebacker Lavar Arrington, tried their luck at poker, roulette and blackjack while sampling the vodka bar and bidding up silent auction items. The 22nd annual event raised funds for kidneyrelated medical research, prevention programs, patient services and organ donation awareness. View all the photos at!

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What Works & What Doesn’t Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp on her new book about providing an excellent education for all P h o t o C O U R T E S Y O F J e a n - C h r i s t i a n B o urc a r t f o r T E A C H F O R A M E R I C A


wrote “A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education,” to communicate what I’ve learned over the last 20 years – that we have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve educational excellence and equity for all. It takes its title from one of our teachers, Megan Brousseau, who refused to accept others’ assumption that her students could not pass the prestigious New York Regents’ exam. She rallied her 112 ninth-grade biology students – most of whom were living below the poverty line, had learned English as a second language, and were significantly behind in both reading levels and exposure to science – with the charge “this is your chance to make history,” inspiring them to prove they were college material by taking and passing this test. Ultimately, her students did make history: every one passed the exam and far outperformed city-wide averages. Megan shows us that it is possible to provide children who face the extra challenges of poverty with an education that is transformational, one that changes the academic trajectory predicted by socioeconomic background. She also shows us there is nothing elusive about attaining such results; she did so through an act of leadership involving setting an ambitious vision of achievement, investing students in working with her and operating with great purpose and relentlessness. While it is unrealistic to imagine tens of thousands of Megans solving educational inequity, the last 20 years have brought a proliferation of hundreds of urban and rural public schools that are making it easier and more sustainable for talented, committed teachers to attain similar results. Again, these schools are pursuing a different mandate – not simply to provide learning opportunities but


rather to put children on track to graduating from college – with the same level of energy and discipline and the same strategies necessary to meet ambitious goals in any endeavor. Their success involves attracting and developing effective teams, building powerful cultures, managing aggressively and doing whatever it takes to reach the desired end, including lengthening school days and providing additional social services. While the achievement gap that persists along socioeconomic and racial lines today

has so far been intractable in aggregate, we are seeing meaningful change across some school systems and states. System-wide progress requires acting on the lessons learned in transformational classrooms and schools and rejecting the temptation to lurch from one silver-bullet solution to another. Today we know we can provide children growing up in low-income urban and rural communities with an education that enables them to make history. The question is simply whether we will.


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AMERICAN SCHOLARS: A festive mood and collective respect for our nation’s teachers brought prominent Washingtonians to celebrate the launch of Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp’s memoir, “A Chance to Make History.” TOP OF THE CHARTS: Already garnering rave reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and other high-brow journals, the author chatted with fans and inscribed books at the cozy gathering. View all the photos at!

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Among the soloing showstopper s at ChildHelp’s gala was D.C. Councilman Jack Evans, belting out his signature song, “Mack the Knife,” and CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry draping himself in a green feather boa to sing and sway with his CNN buddies. Most of the city’s rival network teams rocked the Ronald Reagan Building in noisy battle. Rebecca Above: American Ireland Fund President Kieran McLoughlin, emcee Norah O’Donnell, Rep. Richard Neal Cooper, who dreamed up the and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (Photo by John “CAREaoke” event five years ago, McShane) Right: O’Malley sings a ballad at the American shepherds the newsies through it,― Ireland Fund Gala. (Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick) a task akin to herding cats. Onlookers called out cash donations for the thrilling experience. Internationally renowned, charity, naming their favorite teams. Despite they are considered one of the greatest musical Fox News’ hearty delivery of Cee Lo’s feisty ensembles of their generation. All four, who now breakup song, sanitizing its f-word title to live in northern California and teach at Stanford “Forget You,” CNN won the fund drive – University, went on to appear at New York’s aided by a cash jolt from John King. After all, Carnegie Hall the following night. his wife, Dana Bash, was onstage. Joining the founding members – blonde violist Lesley Robertson and violinist Geoff A RARE AND SUBLIME TIME Aniko Gaal Nuttall, who provided witty intros to their Schott and Didi Cutler co-chaired Young Haydn, Schubert and John Adams selections – Concert Artists’ 50th annual gala, charmingly were violinist St. John (“I was a fan long before hosted by Ambassador of Singapore Chan I ever thought I’d be playing with them”) and Heng-Chee, and highlighted by the music of cellist Costanza. the fabled St. Lawrence Quartet, who traveled Enjoying the music and Singapore’s delicious from California to perform. pan-Asian cuisine were Gilan Tocco Corn and Through Susan Wadsworth, its founder Dr. Milton Corn, Pam Peabody, Bitsey Folger, and director, YCA has given a Washington Dorothy and Kenneth Woodcock, Annie Totah, debut to many now-famed musicians. The two Judy Esfandiary and Karon Cullen.WJLA-TV newest quartet members, Scott St. John and weatherman Bob Ryan brilliantly handled the Christopher Costanza, won YCA auditions, then live auction, drawing laughs from the audience followed solo careers before joining the group. as he extracted their dollars. “Waiters, don’t give Hearing the quartet play is a genuinely them dessert until I get a $6,000 bid ….”


year’s American Ireland Fund’s 19th annual gala brought Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny over from Dublin along with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Daniel M. Rooney. Other dignitaries spotted in the crowd: Irish Ambassador Michael Collins ; B r i t i s h Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald; Declan Kelly, U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland; and Norman Houston of the Northern Ireland Bureau – all mingling with St. Paddy’s bonhomie. MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell ably emceed the $1,000-perticket evening that also featured Design Cuisine’s excellent short ribs and traditional dances by Sullivan Upper School youngsters. Afterward, a lively Irish pub blossomed, “Brigadoon”-like, at the National Building Museum. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Rep. Joseph Crowley brought guitars, joining the Forty Thieves pub band singing Irish tunes. Awards honored O’Malley’s aid to the Northern Ireland peace process and Rep. Tim Murphy’s public service. Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairman of the fund, defined its wide-ranging vision. Kenny spoke movingly of Ireland’s financial crisis, describing the stringent measures his country must now take to return to fiscal stability. The non-Irish-born in the crowd were puzzled to hear the most charming Kenny introduced as what sounded (vaguely) like “Ahn Tea-sack,” which turned out to be the term for prime minister in Gaelic: AnTaoiseach. Try getting your tongue around that!


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Benefit & Beads: The St. Jude Gourmet Gala hosted a “Mardi Gras for the Kids!” event at the National Building Museum that featured menu items from Washington’s finest restaurants as well as a silent auction. Nearly $500,000 was raised with all proceeds benefiting the hospital’s life-saving care and research. The Gourmet Gala has helped support various programs, including gene therapy, bone marrow transplants, immunology and AIDS vaccine research. Judy Heisley-Bishop, Tom Liljenquist and Allan McArtor co-chaired this year’s committee. View all the photos at!

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When Parties Were Just for Fun BY DONNA EVERS


ike a bird that lingers on hostesses from the expense and the endangered species effort of entertaining. list and then becomes Philanthropic benefits, extinct, old style parties political fundraisers and events in Washington seem to have with a business focus have disappeared. The late Betty Beale, replaced parties for their own a society writer who covered the sake. It used to be considered bad social scene from Truman through taste to talk shop at a party. Not Reagan and attended some 15,000 any more. If you leave without parties, once lamented that they making contacts or sealing a deal, had all but died out by the 1990’s. you’ve wasted the whole night. In her book “Power at Play” Beale As McLellan notes, everybody is recalls one day in 1954 when she “on the hustle.” covered a wedding at noon, two In an era of 24-hour parties in the afternoon, a dinner news coverage and perpetual William Howard Taft (bottom right) and his wife Nellie host a lavish dinner in cruise on the Sequoia, and finally connectedness, parties seem too Washington in 1906. (Library of Congress Photo) an embassy supper dance at 11 time-consuming and irrelevant. p.m. She quotes an 1850’s Virginia belle who works nowadays, including women, and they There is always the chance that you may miss wrote of attending three balls in one evening, do it with a vengeance. “No one is ever not something if you don’t check your Blackberry ending with a breakfast party at daybreak. working,” says Emily Heil, who wrote Roll every few minutes, even while seated at Diana McLellan, who wrote the famous Call’s “Heard on the Hill” column. someone’s beautifully appointed table. Heil “Ear” column for the old Washington Star, said The demise of the lavish private party recalls a major dinner where guests continually that for a typical party evening in the early is partly due to having so many women in exchanged text messages about the event. It 1900’s, one was expected to “gobble, gabble, the workplace. Now that they are closing was, she says, similar to going to a live concert and git.” People would take their leave by multi-million-dollar deals and negotiating and watching the show on the JumboTron. telling the hostess, “I must go on,” meaning to international relations, it’s not surprising that This may be why Buddhism and yoga have the next party, not home to bed. the role of hostess began to seem frivolous. become so popular. We know we have lost the When Beale started writing, everyone in Barbara Howar, a Washington party-giver in pleasure of living in the moment and we’d “Society” knew each other and the “Three the 1960’s and ’70’s said, “If I thought my like to get it back. So, as a start in the right B’s”– Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Mrs. Truxtun epitaph would read ‘hostess,’ I’d refuse to die.” direction, let’s turn our cell phones off, take a Beale (a distant relation) and Mrs. Robert Low Roxanne Roberts, co-writer of “The liberating deep breath, and go to a party. Just Bacon – held tight rein over the social scene. Reliable Source” column in the Washington for fun. Invitations to their parties defined who was Post, calls Sally Quinn’s articles in the paper’s “in.” In more recent years,Washington became 1970’s Style section the tipping point in social Donna Evers,, is the owner and broker of Evers & Co. Real Estate, the largest a meritocracy rather than an aristocracy. reporting: “Instead of the usual flattering woman-owned and run real estate firm in the People now rise to social prominence because commentary about a party, she was truthful.” Washington metro area; the proprietor of historic of their job or the size of their bank account But Quinn’s critiques could be downright Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, Va.; and a and their willingness to spend it. Everybody scathing, and this may have scared off many devoted fan of Washington area history.



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The massive fieldstone fireplace, seen through the river terrace doors, anchors the otherwise glass-enclosed living room. Simple modern furnishings, upholstered in rich earth tones, are kept low to ensure an uninterrupted view.


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By Vicky Moon


hen Washington-based landscape designer Richard Arentz first visited the Hunt Country locale of Orlean, he felt an instant connection. “There was something very familiar about this area immediately. It seemed comfortable,” he says. Having grown up in the farmland near Gettysburg, Pa., the Virginia countryside offered a relaxed familiarity of wide-open spaces and stone walls wrapped around a plentiful sense of history. “This was a raw piece of land in which we created this setting,” Arentz says of the 80 acres he purchased in 2002 and calls “Running Cedar” as a nod to the abundant local groundcover known as Lycopodium digitatum glimpsed from the surrounding woods. “The most important thing for me in creating “Running Cedar” was to make an environment and to set the garden, house and interiors on equal footing. I would add art to the category as a finishing touch.” To achieve his vision, which was completed in 2006, Arentz collaborated with two fellow Washingtonians, architect Richard Williams and interior designer Jose Solis of Solis Betancourt. He is eager to share the credit. “Our intent was to make a place that respects the site, is environmentally responsible, and understands and reflects vernacular forms and materials while creating something relevant and fresh.” The forms and shapes utilized in the architecture are intended to reflect elements frequently spotted in this slice of the countryside, such as stone, stucco and a standing seam copper roof interpreted with contemporary panache. The main residence (and nearby guesthouse) is oriented on a north-to-south alignment with particular consideration of natural light and solar gain. This is evident throughout the oneroom-deep interior as one enters the expansive great room enclosed on three sides by glass. Solis’ contemporary interiors include intentionally low furniture so as not to obstruct the magnificent outdoor panorama. Asian touches such as a Chinese garden stool, rug and antique figures on the mantel add sophistication.



Left: Richard Arentz seated at the end of his Hawthorn Allée underplanted with White Lady Helleborus. Clockwise from above: Column-like portières frame the view from the kitchen sitting room into the courtyard fountain. The breakfast area is adjacently located in an East-facing bay window with view to gardens beyond; An intimate seating area was created at the top of the main second floor landing as a place for reading. The wall behind the bookshelves is painted terra cotta, a color repeated throughout the house. The handcarved concrete wall sculpture, “Congregation” by Ladelle Moe, was installed over the main stairway and can be appreciated close up and from a distance; In the dining room, the vibrant landscape painting “Double Vision” by Odili Donald Odita contrasts the subtle colors throughout the interiors. The main staircase is cantilevered from the massive living room fireplace wall.

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Left: The July moon rises over the main and guest houses illuminating the gardens beyond. The two house structures, sited along the North-South axis, are linked by a stone wall of local fieldstone. Large simple planes of lawn are bounded by clipped boxwood hedges. In keeping with the notion of preserve and protect, the house and garden footprint at Running Cedar was kept compact to preserve the woodland. Runoff is captured in infiltration trenches to minimize pollution and recharge the aquifer with a wide use of native plants. Center: The circular stone fountain, inspired by agrarian water troughs is the focal point of the gravel courtyard nestled between the two structures. Frequent alfresco dinners are staged beneath the steel and cedar pergola covered passageway between the main and guest houses. Bottom: Arentz carefully designed the garden to have year-round interest. Summer entertaining is planned around the ever changing complexion of the perennial border. The gardens’ color palette remains subtle and calm throughout the season. The border relies on consistently blooming perennials such as Blue Fortune Hyssop, several varieties of white phlox, lilies, lilac and salvia.

There is also the concluding element of the space, an extraordinary collection of contemporary art: a glass wall sculpture “Pillows” by Graham Caldwell; an imposing colorful geometric acrylic painting “Double Vision” by Odili Donald Odita; a carved concrete sculpture, “Congregation,” by Ledelle Moe; and a large bronze by the late designer Valerian Rybar. Other important art includes works by Kris Cox, Linn Meyers, Pierre Leiseur and sculptor Clifton Sheely. Outside, sweeping swaths of flourishing green pasture, eye-popping tinges of forsythia, and pale daffodils and vibrant tulips bob in fresh spring gusts. This is where we see Arentz’s contribution to the collaboration. In the past decade, he’s left his distinctive mark, which melds the existing terrain with a frequent and resourceful hardscape of stone walls, paths and terraces, all of which he says is “softened through the careful layering of plantings to achieve a sense of depth and sensuality.” A massive use of stone and expanses of glass blur lines between the interiors and the artfully planned landscape. A pathway through a regimented row of hawthorn leads to an axis with a stunning blue urn. The nearby Rappahannock River can be seen in the distance and an adjacent guesthouse offers a welcome retreat for weary city guests.

Visitors to the 78th Annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia will have a rare chance to peek inside five homes, three of which bear Richard Arentz’s distinctive stamp, located on the Warrenton Garden Club’s swing of the tour in the Fauquier County village of Orlean on April 20 and 21. For details, visit



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Mass Avenue Heights, DC Georgetown, DC Highly-distinguished, prominent, European style estate offers exceptional scale, quality and sophistication. Beautifully proportioned public rooms include a gallery size reception hall, sensational formal living and dining rooms with wood burning fireplaces and an intimate circular library. Massive terrace with views of parkland. 6 BR, 5 full and 2 half baths. $8,900,000.

Complete top-to-bottom renovation, boasting 4,100 sf on four finished levels, 6 BR, 5.5 baths, luxurious features, gorgeous wood floors, thick crown molding, a sunken living room and family room each with fireplaces, top-of-the-line kitchen w/ marble counters, Subzero and Viking, baths outfitted with Waterworks fixtures and tiled in marble. Large private back yard with an 8’ x 41’ lap pool. One car garage. $4,350,000.

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Completely renovated and expanded Tudor mansion with main house & 2 BR, 3 bath guest house. Nearly 12,500 interior sf on just over one half-acre. 7 BR, 7 full & one half baths, expansive main kitchen, huge atrium-like fam rm, FDR, & incredible library. Master suite with two fully separate baths, dressing rms & closets. Home theater, home gym, full staff quarters. Mature plantings, large deck, pool, 2 attached gars for 3 cars & parking for at least 9 more cars. $8,995,000.

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Outstanding stone residence is situated on an exquisite 1 acre double lot. This significant 6 BR, 4 full and 3 half bath home features a circular driveway, swimming pool, tennis court and separate guest/staff quarters. Features include a double living room with fireplace, formal dining room, library, kitchen, master suite with fireplace and finished lower level. $4,200,000.

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Located in Harborside, this spectacular waterfront townhouse overlooks the Potomac River and offers a private boat slip. 5 levels of elegant living custom designed by owner’s architect and designer featuring custom woodwork, built-ins, marble and granite finishes and custom faux painting throughout. Full floor MBR with luxury bath and sensational closets. Gourmet kitchen. Elevator services all levels. Wonderful brick terrace. 2 car garage. $2,695,000.

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Dramatic Somerset Penthouse. Spectacular 3,300 sf residence with state of the art renovation completed in 2011. Panoramic views from surrounding terraces. Open floor interior spaces with expansive entertainment areas, large dining room, gourmet kitchen, master suite, 2 guest suites, designer details throughout, 2 garage spaces, pools, tennis, and clubhouse in Friendship Heights. $2,450,000.

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Sun-drenched semi-detached East Village residence featuring huge (nearly 500 sf) LR plus separate dining room. 11’ ceilings, hardwood floors and private deep garden. 3 BR, 3.5 baths up. Full basement with bedroom, bath and separate kitchen. Includes parking. 1st time on the market in over 30 years. A truly special opportunity. $1,895,000.

Spectacular top/front penthouse unit at the Ventana. 2,373 interior sf, 2 BR, 2.5 baths, three levels, awesome open floor plan with contemporary/modern flair, walls of windows overlooking F Street. Private balcony and private roof deck. One garage parking space included. $1,495,000.

Welcome to Swann Street, one of the prettiest and most sought after blocks in DC. This contemporary 3 BR, 2.5 bath spanning 2,600+ sf features some the finest finishes available to single-family properties. Features include Waterworks baths, crown molding, eat-in kitchen with KitchenAid and Jenn-Air appliances and gorgeous granite counters, Completing the package is a spacious one bedroom rental unit on the lower level. $1,449,000.

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This lovely center hall colonial in the Town of Chevy Chase is close to downtown Bethesda. Features include 5 BR, 3 full and 1 half bath, 3 fireplaces, kitchen/family room and 1st floor den/study. High ceilings, hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces and loads of storage are wonderful features included in this exceptional property. $1,175,000.

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The Upper Crust Bread guru Gerardo Delcerro buys in Forest Hills, Humberto Gonzalez parts with the Toutorsky Mansion in Dupont and a former Afghan ambassador’s home sells in Kalorama By Stac e y G r a z i e r P fa r r

Georgetown’s historic Lincoln-Clayton House at 2912 N Street NW recently sold for 5.4 million.

The District Paul G. George, executive vice president

of human resources at FreddieMac, sold the historic Lincoln-Claytor house in Georgetown on Valentine’s Day for $5,397,500 with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ Mary Grover Ehrgood and Julia Ehrgood. The 4-bedroom Federal row house at 2912 N STREET was built in 1885 and was subsequently occupied by Abraham Lincoln’s granddaugter, Jessie Harlan Lincoln, and Secretary of the Navy Graham Claytor. Features include a gourmet chef ’s


kitchen, greenhouse, paneled library and landscaped garden with a pond. Washington Fine Properties cofounders William F.X. Moody and Dana Landry sold 2431 KALORAMA ROAD NW for $3,995,000 to Raj and Emily Madan. Mr. Madan is a partner at Bingham McCutchen law firm. Previously, the grand 7bedroom fieldstone residence had been the family home of Alan and Beatrice Naftalin for almost 40 years. Mr. Naftalin, who died in 2009, was a former partner at the Holland & Knight law firm. The 1928 Colonial was updated in 2010 and at almost 9,000-square-feet is one of the largest houses in the Kalorama neighborhood. Listing agents for the sale were William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties while the selling agent was Alex Venditti of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Todd and Julie Wagner sold 4949 LINNEAN AVENUE NW to Gerardo Delcerro for $2,075,000. Mr.Wagner is a former partner at Sidley Austine law firm where he focused on litigating pharmaceutical cases. Mrs. Wagner was also a Sidley associate before the couple moved to New Hampshire. Mr. Delcerro is co-founder of the Lyon Bakery, a D.C.-based artisanal bakery that supplies bread to such local eateries as Logan Tavern and Cafe Deluxe. The 5bedroom, 5.5-bath property in Forest Hills was built in 1940. Carrie Carter of TTR Sothebys International Realty was the listing agent. Humberto González has sold the Toutorsky Mansion at 1720 16TH STREET NW for $3.5 million to the Republic of Congo. The property, currently a bed and breakfast but

slated to become an embassy has been the source of much contention in Dupont Circle because the buyer wants to put in a circular driveway despite objections from nearby residents and preservationist groups.The house was built in 1894 for Supreme Court Justice Henry Billings Brown and later purchased in 1947 by Basil Peter Toutorsky, a Russian nobleman and founder of the Toutorsky Academy of Music. Mr. González bought the property in 2001 for $2.2 millionwuth plans to run it as a 16-room bed and breakfast, but due to neighbors’ objections has only been able to rent out six rooms – leading to well documented feuds with his neighbors. At one point Mr. González famously hosted a “Red Light District”-themed party raising plenty of eyebrows in the historic neighborhood. The exterior of the 18-room, five-story mansion is modeled after a 16th-century Flemish building while the interior features a mixture of Gothic, Elizabethan, Jacobean and Colonial elements. David and Kathy Melrod sold 1231-1235 31ST STREET in Georgetown’s East Village to Macalester Limited for $4,750,000. Dr. Melrod is a dentist and his wife is a realtor at Long & Foster. The Melrods bought the property in March of 2002 for $2.6 million. The 5-bedroom 6,713-square-foot Federalstyle house was built in 1900 and later renovated to be a combination of three 19thcentury rowhouses. The property boasts one of the largest private gardens in Georgetown and includes a 43-foot swimming pool. Mrs. Melrod was the listing agent for the property. Department of Agriculture chief financial officer Evan J. Segal sold 3014 P STREET NW in Georgetown for $3 million with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ Nancy Taylor Bubes. Mr. Segal manages $128 billion in USDA assets and its budget of $77 billion. The


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sized dining room and a beautifully landscaped yard with a waterfall and pool.

The 9-bedroom residence of former Afghan Ambassador Ishaq Shahryar at 76 Kalorama Circle NW sold for more than $3.6 million

Federal-style 4-bedroom house was built in 1840 and is a former boys’ school.The property was also the 2008 DC Design House. 76 KALORAMA CIRCLE NW, the former estate of the late Afghan ambassador Ishaq M. Shahryar, sold for $3,663,000 to Paul and Rose Carter. Shahryar served as the first Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. since 1978 from 2002 to 2003. He also founded several solar energy companies before he died in April of 2009. Mr. Carter, a serial entrepreneur, owns the wireless network testing company Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. and the location-based, socialnetworking application MapHook. The 9bedroom Colonial was built in 1927 and features a grand center hall flanked by embassy-size main

rooms featuring hardwood floors, high ceilings and original detail.The 5,504-square-foot house includes a renovated gourmet kitchen, 7.5 baths and a back garden.The listing as well as the selling agent for the transaction was Jeff Mauer of Coldwell Banker Georgetown.

MARYLAND Donald and Melinda Vincent sold 9904 RIVER VIEW COURT in Potomac for $2.2 million. Long & Foster’s Adrienne Deming and Joan Gallagher were the listing agents. Mr. Vincent is a senior executive advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton. The 6-bedroom property in the Marwood development was custom built in 1998 and boasts a two-story foyer, banquet-

VIRGINIA Jim and Shannon Davis sold 725 UNION CIRCLE in Alexandria for $2,263,500 with the help of McEnearney Associates’ Babs Beckwith. Mr. Davis is head of Rockville-based James G. Davis Construction Corporation. The previous owners were political duo James Carville and Mary Matalin. The 4-bedroom custom-built center hall Colonial was delivered in 2002 and features a luxurious master suite with his-andher baths, steam shower and customized closets. The house also features a chef ’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, media room and three-car garage. Basil Road Revocable Trust sold 1019 BASIL ROAD in McLean’s Downscrest neighborhood for $2,150,000 to Brad Nierenberg and Callahan Nierenberg. Mr. Niernberg is CEO of

Arlington’s RedPeg Marketing.The 6-bedroom brick Colonial was built in 1966. Listing agents were William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties. The selling agent was George Cranwell Jr. of G.E. Cranwell & Associates.

PROPERTY LINES KENNEDY HOME – about a million LISTED 636 CHAIN dollars more than the BRIDGE ROAD, the asking price. Hotung late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s notoriously complained former 10-bedroom about the sale later, pad, is up for grabs for saying the house had $10,995,000. Martha “bad feng shui.” At one Alafoginis, through her point, the eccentric firm River Song Limited, philanthropist even is selling the palatial threatened to tear 6.5-acre waterfront Ted Kennedy down the 10,000estate overlooking square foot manse the Potomac River on McLean’s (which includes a heated pool and Gold Coast. Designed in 1968 by tennis court) after a caretaker architect John Carl Warnecke for reported being pinned to the wall the senator and his first wife, Joan, by an unseen force. the property was purchased in 1997 by Hong Kong billionaire Eric ANOTHER MCLEAN RECORD? Hotung for just under $6 million Michael Masoud Darvishi seems

to be trying his hand at a second McLean home sale record: he recently listed 7201 DULANY DRIVE for $12.9 million. Darvishi sold 1322 Balls Hill Road for $10.2 million last year – making it the highest sale in McLean for 2010. The Noble Construction Company president and aspiring IranianAmerican singer is reportedly planning to relocate to Los Angeles with his wife Goldi. ANOTHER RECORD SALE? An anonymous foreign businessman listed 2509 FOXHALL ROAD in Berkley for $10,750,000 with Washington Fine Properties’ Kim Gibson. The newly built

11,800-square-foot manor was constructed by the acclaimed Jim Gibson – one of the area’s most sought-after builders in the upper brackets. (One of the biggest sales for 2010 in the District was also a Gibson-built house: philanthropist Adrienne Arsht’s former residence at 3220 NEBRASKA AVENUE, which sits a few blocks away and recently sold for just over $7.5 million.) The 7-bedroom property boasts all the luxury amenities you’d expect at this price, including two full kitchens, separate staff quarters, elevator, sauna, pool, garage parking for four cars and a 30-foot dining room.

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Something Old, Something New Long-standing and newly constructed homes of great quality now on offer

Award-winning abode 5419 Audubon Road, Bethesda, Md.

This custom built Colonial, constructed by acclaimed builder Banks Development, was recently named winner of the 2010 Great American Living Awards for a custom home. A thoughtful floor plan affords both large-scale entertaining as well as comfortable family living. This spacious residence features a family room with a masonry fireplace and coffered ceiling, a state-ofthe-art kitchen with a spacious breakfast room and sitting area, and a dramatic master bedroom suite with private deck. It is filled with architectural details and located on a most desirable street within walking distance of the heart of downtown Bethesda. Asking Price:


Listing Agent:

Marc Fleisher| 202-364-5200 ext. 2927 Long & Foster

Georgetown gem 1518 31st Street NW Washington, DC

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Listing Agents:

Carrie Carter 202-421-3938 and Elizabeth Dawson D’Angio | 202-427-7890 TTR Sotheby’s International Realty


Originally constructed circa 1886, this elegant, semi-detached townhouse is prominently sited in Georgetown’s East Village. Interior features include a spectacular double parlor with 12-foot ceilings and two fireplaces, a formal dining room with a fireplace and a spacious kitchen with access to a rear garden, pool and two-car parking. Additional amenities include five to six bedrooms and four and a half baths. This historic residence offers a wonderful opportunity for restoration and renovation.

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Listing Agent:

Marsha Schuman |301-299-9598 Washington Fine Properties, LLC

Newly built in bethesda 9007 Burdette Road, Bethesda, Md.

Designed by Custom Design Concepts Inc. and built by Bradbern Construction Co Inc., this move-in ready property is sited in much sought-after Bethesda. The floor plan is dramatic but flexible enough to accommodate a variety of needs. Architectural details include custom moldings and cabinetry, 10-foot ceilings, walnut wood floors and a walnutpaneled library, many arched windows and doors, designer chandeliers and interesting use of granites, marble and limestone. Located on over 1.5 acres and with over 9,500 square feet of finished interior space, this home offers privacy and space, while being close to town.


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Observatory, D.C.


Sited on half an acre next to the Vice President’s residence, this mansion is the largest available home on Mass. Ave. There is a circular driveway, a 2-car garage with apartment above, a garden, and additional parking. Georgetown Office 202.944.8400.

Culpeper, Virginia


This lovely, 13-acre country estate is located an hour’s drive from D.C. The property includes a 1799 main house, a summer kitchen/guest house, a school house/ charming office, a pool, tennis, and a pond. Photos at Karen Barker 703.928.8384/ 202.363.1800 (O).

Berkley, D.C.


This premier 0.2-acre lot is in a superb location with approved plans for an exquisite home in an area of spectacular new dwellings. The lot offers wooded views into Glover-Achbold Park and easy access to Georgetown and Kreeger Museum. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700.

Bethesda, Maryland $2,250,000 Offering a fabulous retreat located in close-in Bethesda, this custom home with a separate entertaining pool house is set on a ¾-acre lot. A rare opportunity, this residence exudes exquisite architectural details and craftsmanship. Marie McCormack 301.437.8678/ 301.229.4000 (O).

Great Falls, Virginia


With quiet elegance on 2-plus acres, this genuine country inspired home offers an easy distance to the village. Sure to impress, the recent renovations include a 2-story gourmet kitchen opening to the gathering area. Sharon Hayman 703.402.2955/ 703.790.1990 (O).

McLean, Virginia


Boasting stunning architecture, this residence presiding on one-plus acres is introduced by a circular drive and an elegant staircase entry. The home is appointed with an ideal kitchen, a separate caterer’s kitchen, and a terrace and veranda overlooking the rear yard with a pool. Sharon Hayman 703.402.2955/ 703.790.1990 (O).

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Washington, D.C.


Exquisite and rarely available, this 4-level colonial is located in Foxhall Crescent/ Battery Kemble. Clad in brick, the spacious residence features a center-hall foyer, a dazzling curved stairway, a chef’s kitchen adjacent to the family room, an elevator, and a pool. Bethesda Avenue Office 240.497.1700.

Bethesda, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland


This fantastic, new custom home boasts extensive use of natural stones, granites, and tiles, and beautiful millwork. The residence is located just minutes to downtown Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Potomac Village Office 301.983.0060.

Chevy Chase, D.C.


Built in 2007, this impressive residence offers a perfect blend of contemporary and transitional style. The incredibly spacious interior on 4 finished levels includes 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Sited on a private cul-desac, the home is minutes from Rock Creek Park. Spring Valley Office 202.362.1300.


Arlington, Virginia


Spectacular and stylish, this contemporary is nestled on a gorgeous, half-acre lot with mature trees, multiple decks, and sports court. Features include 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a renovated kitchen, 3 fireplaces, picture windows, and skylights. Chevy Chase/Uptown Office 202.364.1300.

This stunning 2-story penthouse with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths is located at Wooster and Mercer. The home boasts 21-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with island, floor-to-ceiling windows in all the rooms, and a large, private roof terrace. Ricki Gerger 703.522.6100/ 202.364.5200 (O).

Potomac, Maryland

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Dupont, D.C. $1,925,000 This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a highend investment property in the Dupont/ Logan Circle area. The property includes 2-car parking and 4 completely self-contained units, each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Scott Purcell 202.262.6968/ 202.483.6300 (O).


Sited on 2-plus acres of towering trees and gardens, this exquisite California contemporary offers a spectacular backdrop for entertaining. Soaring ceilings, skylights and walls of windows integrate the exterior and interior spaces. Wendy Banner 301.365.9090/ 301.907.7600 (O).

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This classic, Mickelson-built colonial exudes warmth and charm. Sited on a large lot close to Metro and the finest shops and restaurants, the 4 spacious levels include a chef’s kitchen, a sun porch, and formal living and dining rooms. Chevy Chase North Office 202.966.1400.



Dupont CirCle, Washington, DC

georgetoWn, Washington, DC

Jim Bell

Mark McFadden

Historic offering, rarely available! Fifth Avenue elegance meets Washington Grandeur. Exquisite restoration of 10,000+ square foot Dupont Circle mansion. Unparalleled workmanship and detail. Appointment only. $15,500,000


INTERNATIONAL OFFERING This gorgeous renovation by Crowell Baker adds the finest details to a magnificent property on 2 acres with 5 car garages, pool, detached pool house, walk-out basement and more. $4,899,000


INTERNATIONAL OFFERING Stunning rebirth of historic Dupont rowhouse! 5 spacious BR, 6.5 BA, 7 fireplaces, formal dining, gourmet kitchen, expansive upper deck, parking for 2, lower level au-pair suite with full bath, kitchen and separate entrance. $2,595,000


Kent, Washington, DC

Charming Colonial with 4BR, 4.5BA, luxurious MBR suite with walk-in closets & renovated BA. Sunroom, lower level family room, flagstone terrace, & 2 car garage. $1,995,000

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

georgetoWn, Washington, DC

Featured in Washington Spaces magazine. 7th floor condominium, walls of windows provide streaming light anddramatic Potomac River views. Generously proportioned rooms and custom features. 2-car parking. $4,750,000

Mark McFadden





potoMaC, MarylanD

Extraordinary home, exquisitely designed by 2 brothers for their families and parents; features identical wings with 17 bedrooms, 13 baths, two 3-car garages, separate apartment, shared foyer, ballroom, and lower level. $4,660,000

Adaline Neely


Dupont, Washington, DC

Jim Bell


6.5 Waterfront acres on the Potomac River of McLean’s Gold Coast with privacy by a landscaped berm lining the road. Just across the Chain Bridge from DC. $10,995,000


potoMaC, MarylanD

Marsha Schuman

HALCYON HOUSE - Over 30,000 SF in this historically designated mansion overlooking the Potomac. Original Federal style south elevation built in 1787. Sited on a 1/2-acre hill. Masterful restoration, pristine condition. $15,000,000


golD Coast Waterfront, MClean, Virginia



forest hills, Washington, DC

spring Valley/Kent, Washington, DC

Margot Wilson

Heidi Hatfield Anne Hatfield Weir

Spectacular spacious home, beautifully updated on ½ acre with pool. Master bedroom suite with 2 baths. Gourmet kitchen and skylit great room. Circular driveway!


potoMaC, MarylanD

NEW PRICE! Brand new and beautiful describes this sensational Arts & Crafts home with 8800 square feet of highest quality finished space on 4 levels, enhance a wonderful “easy to live in” floor plan. 3 car garage. $1,995,000

Marsha Schuman


Graceful and light-filled with elegant entertaining spaces, first floor master suite + 4 additional BR. LL opens to poolsized garden. Circular driveway + 2-car garage. $2,495,000

202-243-1634 202-243-1635

BethesDa, MarylanD

Great renovation close-in Bethesda with separate home office over 3 car detached garage, with basketball court, putting green and much more! $1,850,000

Marsha Schuman






GeorGetown, washinGton, DC

c1799 brick Federal completely renovated. One of the most important homes in Georgetown. Privacy, ballroom, gardens, pool, 2 garages, 4+BR, 6.5+BA. 1/3 acre. $9,995,000

Eileen McGrath Jamie Peva

202-253-2226 202-258-5050


Grand, stately proportions for entertaining. Exceptional renovations and 3 new additions blend original elegance with endless state of the art features. Private garden, immense wine cellar, 6 fireplaces and parking. $6,200,000

Carol Somerville



GeorGetown, washinGton, DC

Stunning renovation unites historic architecture and impeccable interior design in this Victorian mansion. Soaring entertaining spaces, massive gourmet kitchen & grand master suite. Au pair suite, 3-car parking. $5,500,000

Jim Bell


Forest hills, washinGton, DC

Just under 1 acre, this home features large rooms with soaring ceilings and exquisite architectural detail, opening to terrace, gardens & backing to parkland. 6BR, 2 offices, library, and gourmet kitchen. Parking for 10. $3,795,000

Margot Wilson

GeorGetown, washinGton, DC




ClevelanD Park, washinGton, DC

kent, washinGton, DC

Eileen McGrath Nancy Taylor Bubes

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki

Spectacular 1898 7BR, 5BA home on 1/3+ acre with sweeping porches, beautiful architectural details, rear deck and pool + garage. Near Metro, shops, and Zoo. $2,995,000

202-253-2226 202-256-2164

202.944.5000 202.333.3320 301.222.0050 301.983.6400 703.317.7000

Renovated Colonial with gracious floor plan on Country Club grounds of sought after Lowell St. 5BR, 5.5BA. Generous terraces, outdoor kitchen & infinity pool. $2,750,000



kent, washinGton, DC

Sun-filled and spacious French colonial with 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 4 car garage! Elegant 2-story foyer, gourmet kitchen with adjacent family room, custom decks, 9’ ceilings on main level, 600 bottle wine cellar. $2,100,000

Cynthia Howar


Foxhall, washinGton, DC

Great location adjacent to Georgetown! Handsome brick home with walkout level south facing garden. Custom builtins & closets. Roof terrace. 4BR, 4FB & 2HB. $1,745,000

William F. X. Moody Robert Hryniewicki


DuPont CirCle, washinGton, DC

kent, washinGton, DC

Heidi Hatfield Anne Hatfield Weir

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

Elegant renovated bayfront Victorian on quiet block. Terrific architectural details, high ceilings. 3 bedrooms + library, parking for 2 cars. Finished lower level. $1,999,000

202-243-1634 202-243-1635

Built in 1950, this Georgian is sited on .35 acres with 7BR, 4.5BA, hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces. Large rear terrace and garden. MBR suite with large sitting room. $1,995,000


wesley heiGhts, washinGton, DC

PotomaC Crest, PotomaC, marylanD

Ellen Morrell Matthew B. McCormick

Anne Killeen

Charming Tudor sited on a large lot in pristine condition. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with hardwood and stone floors, large family room with breakfast area. $1,695,000


Much sought-after, sophisticated stucco colonial in Potomac Crest! High ceilings, excellent room sizes and the best backyard in the neighborhood! Easy access to the Grosvenor Metro, I-270 and I-495. $1,228,000



Who’s Next Robert Kupstas Byla ‘bureaucrat by day/pop star by night’ p h oto by L e n D e Pa s


avvy singer Robert Kupstas Byla, 24, leads a double life and it’s not just because the one-time Lithuanian reality TV star and twotime “Eurovision” finalist also performs “cabaret-style” in flawless English (with musical partner Flavius Mihaies) at Blue’s Alley, L2 and other local venues. His second persona derives from his job as an assistant in the state department’s office of international energy affairs, where he works to elevate energy diplomacy and coordinate new approaches to nuclear security.


takes up a lot of time. My social life suffers and sometimes I am not a dependable friend. WERE YOU A SHOW BIZ BABY? I started in

a child’s role at age 12 in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” starring Placido Domingo, but soon moved on to popular music, which is a lot more youthful, exciting and adventurous.



for meetings with foreign officials, so that he can directly affect the degree of in-country political support given to our programs.

American by nationality and Lithuanian by descent. I am bilingual and consider myself bicultural.

DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT ACT. We are focusing on international swing and Sinatra hits like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” etc.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR MORE RATIONAL SIDE? I love research and learning about the

WHAT COMES NEXT? I plan to study

world, especially U.S. energy policy and how it relates to smaller developing countries. WHAT IS YOUR CHIEF RESPONSIBILITY?

I help brief and prepare the chief energy envoy

International Relations at Stanford University in the fall. I’ll also continue expanding my music program with Flavius and recording a CD of original music.


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Washington Life Magazine - April 2011  

Features include the A-List and Green Leaders.