Dick Wolf and his wife, Dr. Muriel Wolf. Credit: Family photo. The Washington Post

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society: Past, Present and Future

March 2, 2010
On March 2, 2010, Dick Wolf, past president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, presented a lecture recounting some of the organization’s early battles to save our neighborhood of Capitol Hill from the bulldozer and wrecking ball.

CHRS has been working to preserve Capitol Hill's historic buildings for decades and deserves much credit for the preservation of the Hill’s historic characterWolf recalled, among other harrowing near-misses, an almost-approved plan in the 1960s that would have routed a freeway directly across Capitol Hill, in a giant trench between 9th and 11th Streets. He also described how local residents stopped the Baptist church at 6th and A Streets N.E. from wiping out an entire block of historic homes to create a Washington mega-headquarters.

A longtime resident of the Hill, Wolf has been deeply engaged in land use and historic preservation efforts throughout our city for more than four decades, helping to establish the DC preservation law, the DC Comprehensive Plan, the Capitol Hill Historic District, and much more. He served as president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society from 1977 to 1980 and again from 2005 to 2009.

Past Lectures