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an open house at the THE BREWMASTER'S CASTLE

Countdown to save a little piece of historic Washington please come to two events:
5:30 p.m. -- (DC/PRESERVATION) EVENT -- Heurich House
holds a media availability and a final fund-raising drive to
save "The Brewmaster's Castle," from being sold and possibly
developed. Gary Heurich gives a tour and details the progress
of efforts to save this National Register of Historic Places
landmark, touted as "the most intact late-Victorian home in the
United States." Curators, philanthropists and members of the
media are invited to attend. The mansion was built of poured
concrete and reinforced steel in 1892-1894 by German immigrant
and local brewer Christian Heurich, at the beginning of Dupont
Circle's golden era as the city's premier neighborhood.
Nicknamed "The Brewmaster's Castle" while Heurich lived there,
it was also the city's first fireproof home. To ensure its
safety, none of the 13 fireplaces were ever used and the top of
the tower features a salamander, a creature which in mythology
guards against fire. The home is noted for incorporating the
most modern technology of the day -- including full indoor
plumbing, circulating hot water heat, central vacuum system,
venting skylight, elevator, and gasoliers.

Location: Heurich House at Dupont Circle, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Contact: Gary Heurich at
Note: RSVP to arobinwood@gmail.com.
Friday, February 3, 2006

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be an open house at Heurich House. Please join DCist there around 6:30 p.m.; the Foundation is requesting a $5 donation at the door. After the tour, DCist will be heading over to Buffalo Billiards to grab some beer and raise some more money.

Where: Heurich Brewmasters Castle
1307 New Hampshire Avenue (One block south of Dupont Circle)
After open house: Buffalo Billiards

When: Friday, February 3, 2006
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (to tour with DCist, stop by at 6:30pm)
8:00 p.m. onwards: Buffalo Billiards

What: See the Castle at this Open House & Fundraiser
$5 donation at the door
Drink some beer and raise more funds!

Please come on out to save America's most-intact late-Victorian house museum and to enjoy some DCist fun, history-style. Heurich House has long been considered one of Washington's best kept secrets; we're hoping to get the word out so that it remains in the public trust for visitors to enjoy time and time again.

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