Quinn Evans Architect's renovation of the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall Lobbies and President General's Reception Room was awarded a Merit Award for historic preservation.
The award was announced on October 17th during the AIA Washington DC Chapter's annual Award Reception held at the District Architecture Center.
QEA is currently providing on-call architectural services for multiple interior and exterior restoration projects at this historic national headquarters building. This year, the spotlight shines over the work completed at the Constitution Hall Lobbies and President General's reception room. The 475 foot long, U-shaped lobby wraps the auditorium on three sides and features a continuous vaulted ceiling punctuated by rosette light fixtures and low relief plaster medallions of angels. The design team’s restoration of the lobby sought to enhance the refined elegance of this important space while providing a few modern improvements to meet the demands of today. Such enhancements included the introduction of modern light by restoring the 20 rosette fixtures, upgrades to the HVAC and electrical systems and interior design.
Additionally, the iconic President General's Reception Room received plaster repair in multiple locations, including the walls, ceiling, and moldings. The design team also stripped the fireplace mantel’s paint to bare wood, and composed ornamental and decorative painting, including glazing and gilding.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. For more than a century, the members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today’s society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890.
Congratulations to the design team!