The Latrobe Chapter presents a tour of four of the houses of Washington architect Waddy B. Wood to expand our understanding of the work of this prominent local architect discussed by Emily Hotaling Eig in her recent lecture to the chapter.
Waddy B. Wood is perhaps best known for the design of the Department of the Interior Building, but he left a substantial legacy of residential work. Over a nearly fifty-year career, more than a hundred houses can be attributed either to him directly or to Wood, Donn, & Deming, the firm of which he was a principal for twelve years.
The four houses we will tour, and a few others we will swing by, represent the range of styles most common in his residential work, from the Spanish and more generalized Mediterranean Revival influence to his favored vocabulary of the Colonial Revival. We will see the house he designed for himself in Dupont Circle, the house to which Woodrow Wilson retired, a rowhouse in Mt. Pleasant where John Joseph Earley lived, and a substantial rowhouse in Kalorama.