Groupon Exclusive: Explore D.C. with an Architectural Historian

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

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Architectural photographer, whose work is on display in the Library of Congress, escorts tour groups to D.C.'s most interesting buildings

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Planned and built as a neoclassical home for a new country, Washington D.C. has continuously evolved over its two centuries as the political center of the United States. Architectural historian and photographer Bill Lebovich guides you through the city, where you'll catch a glimpse of its vast history through the lens of architecture. Starting off on Pennsylvania Avenue, you'll see the contrast between 19th century grandeur, 20th century urban planning, and modern innovations. Tours wend their way to the revitalized retail district before stepping inside some of Lebovich's favorite interiors, including an impressive Civil War memorial. Other stops include the funky, eclectic Chinatown neighborhood and the Federal-style Mary E. Surratt Boarding House, where conspirators planned Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

  • Understand D.C.'s Architectural Legacy
    Follow architectural historian and photographer Bill Lebovich as he contextualizes Washington's buildings from the 19th century to the modern day

  • See the Capital's Most Striking Buildings
    Explore some of Bill's favorite interiors in the city, including a Civil War memorial

  • Come Face to Face with History
    Visit such landmarks as the Mary Surratt Boarding House, where the plot to assassinate Lincoln was hatched

Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of five participants in order to take place.


Bill Lebovich It would be hard to know more about the capital's architecture than Bill Lebovich. If you went to the Library of Congress to study up, you'd probably be looking at Bill's photographs. While working for the National Register's Historical American Buildings Survey program, he snapped shots of unique buildings around D.C. and throughout the country. In addition to his architectural expertise, Bill delights his tour groups with the same explanatory charm that has landed him teaching stints at George Washington University and the National Preservation Institute.


  • Sunday (3 p.m.)
    November 3

  • Sunday (4 p.m.)
    November 17

  • Monday (6 p.m.)
    December 2

  • Tuesday (6 p.m.)
    November 12

  • Wednesday (6 p.m.)
    November 20

  • Thursday (6 p.m.)
    October 31
    November 7 | November 14
    December 5

  • Saturday (1 p.m.)
    November 30
    December 14


Tours meet at the entrance to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

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    Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

    8th & F Street NW

    Washington, DC 20004

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