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Tenleytown: A Photo Safari In DC’s Second Oldest Community!

Photograph the Architecture in Tenleytown, One of the Oldest Communities in DC

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Washington Photo Safari is pleased to announce its first photo tour of the Tenleytown neighborhood in upper northwest DC, organized in cooperation with Tenleytown Main Street.

This tour includes stops at several of Tenleytown’s significant architectural landmarks, exclusive access to photograph the stained glass windows of St. Ann, and concludes with drinks at local restaurant, Guapo’s. Your fee includes a 15% discount coupon for matting and framing at nearby Washington Framers’Workroom.

Tenleytown is one of the oldest communities in the District of Columbia, second only to Georgetown. Originally known as “Tennallytown,” the commercial area consisted of a few stores, a blacksmith shop, and a church surrounded by farms, orchards, dairies, and forest. During the Civil War, Tenleytown became home to the Union forces charged with protecting the District from the Confederate Army which was advancing from the north, resulting in the construction of Fort Reno on the highest point in the city.

Sears Roebuck opened its Washington department store in 1941, bringing an economic boon to the commercial area. However, Tenleytown remained a fairly sleepy suburban enclave until the opening of the Tenleytown-American University Metro station in 1984. The art deco building that housed Sears still exists today at the intersection of Albemarle St. and Wisconsin Ave and is now home to Target and the Container Store.

Our Tenleytown Photo Safari is part of a series of architectural safaris that explore different neighborhoods of Washington, such as Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

The safari begins at the Tenleytown Metro Stop (Panera Bread side), led by architectural photographer E. David Luria, with photographs of the nearby homes in the Grant Road Historic District, the old Fire Station, Woodrow Wilson High School. We then move on to photograph the modernistic Tenleytown Library, the Washington College of Law, St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Janney Elementary School, and the colorful storefronts along Wisconsin Avenue.

A unique feature of this Safari will be our exclusive admission to St. Ann Roman Catholic Church which will allow us to photograph the beautiful interior and its spectacular stained glass windows.

At each point on the safari Mr. Luria works with clients individually to assist them with architectural photography composition, exposure, lighting, ISO and white balance settings.

Our Safari ends inside Guapo’s Restaurant with a Margarita or beer and chips included in your Safari fee, AND an offer of a 30% discount on any meal should you decide to stay for dinner at this most popular Mexican restaurant!

Here are samples of images you will get on this Tenleytown safari:

And here are samples of images you will get inside of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, along with tips on interior church photography:

Rain Date: May 23