Matthew B. Gilmore
The 28th Annual Welcome Pierre! Reception & Toast
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6:30-9:00 in the evening
Dower House – Tudor Place
1670 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Hors d’oeuvres Buffet & a Toast to Pierre
On March 9, 1791, Pierre L’Enfant arrived in Georgetown after a trip from New York to begin designing the Federal City. His arrival at Suter’s Tavern took everyone by surprise, because Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the mayor of Georgetown requesting men and money to support the work had not arrived. To properly acknowledge the man who designed what George Washington called the “Grand Columbian Federal City,” Georgetown’s historic Tudor Place is pleased to host this annual event with the support of Dumbarton House and the Friends of Pierre.
Advanced purchase of tickets are required
Questions? 202-337-2288 x222 or Education@DumbartonHouse.org
Why do we “Welcome Pierre”? A botched arrival in 1791, Peter Charles L’Enfant arrived in Georgetown on Wednesday evening, March 9, and a few days later wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson (then in the temporary capital of Philadelphia): On arriving, I made it my first care to wait on the Mayor of the town in conformity with the direction you gave me. He appeared to be much surprised and he assured me he had no previous notice of my coming nor any injunction of the business I was to set up.
L’Enfant’s initial arrival had been botched by a bureaucratic breakdown! Thus, reparations to that oversight, and slight, have been made annually since 1989, by a festive civic celebration on the anniversary date of his first arrival.