Foundation for the Preservation of Historic Georgetown

About FPHG

The Foundation’s Work has been Impactful

  • We hold 114 easements on significant properties given by our generous and forward-thinking neighbors and friends.
  • We have been instrumental in facilitating the recognition of conservation easements in the District of Columbia.
  • We have made a significant contribution to Tudor Place, a local historic house and garden, to support its preservation plan.
  • We are working to improve the upkeep of two historic cemeteries.
  • We have impeded the expansion of local universities and other institutions into residential neighborhoods.
  • We have worked with the Historic American Building Survey to document our easement properties through large format rectified photographs and measured drawings housed at the Library of Congress.

The Foundation Welcomes Inquiries About Easement Donations

  • In a conservation easement, an owner agrees to preserve the historic nature of Georgetown by relinquishing rights to subdivide the property, alter or demolish present structures, or build new ones.
  • In order to preserve the treescape, gardens, and open spaces of the neighborhood, the Foundation is especially interested in easements on properties with large open spaces that might be subject to development.
  • We encourage Georgetowners who are dedicated to historic preservation to contribute conservation easements to the Foundation.
  • We also encourage Georgetowners and others who support historical preservation to donate to the Foundation. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Registered under the District of Columbia Charitable Solicitation Act No. 6-07-508.

The Foundation’s Work is Important

  • Scenic, open space, and architectural façade easements are vital tools to stabilize and protect the historic townscape so that the vibrant living community of Georgetown can reflect the neighborhood’s its important historic landmark status.

The Foundation was established to preserve and protect the character of the Historic District of Georgetown and carry out the policy stated by Congress in the Old Georgetown Act of 1950. Within a decade, it was clear that the Old Georgetown Act lacked the teeth necessary to save the Historic District.
Historic houses were demolished, open spaces crowded with new buildings, and residential areas invaded by commercial and institutional activities. In 1965, the Foundation was established to protect and preserve the neighborhood.