Historic Mount Pleasant (HMP) was incorporated in 1985 to initiate the nomination of Mount Pleasant as a historic district under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The Mount Pleasant Historic District was designated in 1986, to cover Mount Pleasant’s “Period of Significance,” from 1851 to 1949.
The Mount Pleasant Historic District Nomination, Historic District Brochure, and Historic District Maps are available from the District of Columbia Office of Planning website.
In 1991, HMP published Guidelines for Building Permits in the Mount Pleasant Historic District, a practical guide intended to help homeowners understand the permit process and the design elements that would be important in gaining approval by D.C. agencies. The Guidelines have been updated and remain the most complete description of issues relevant to exterior renovations of Mount Pleasant homes. We urge neighbors contemplating renovations to become familiar with the Guidelines and to share their plans at an early stage with our Design Review Committee.
HMP’s activities are guided by a Board of Directors and governed by Bylaws established by the Board (members of the current Board of Directors are listed below). In addition to ongoing design review work, we offer occasional programs (such as workshops on window repair and Heritage and Call Box Trail walks). Proceeds from memberships and occasional fundraisers–for many years we hosted an annual yard sale–are used to fund these activities. We also occasionally make small grants for specific neighborhood projects. We hold an annual holiday party in December, ordinarily at a private home, which also serves as a means of encouraging new members to join and existing members to renew memberships. We have a general membership meeting annually, ususally in late February or early March, at which the Board of Directors is elected and design awards may be given for outstanding residential or commercial renovations undertaken during the prior year. An Annual Report of the prior year’s activities is made available at the meeting.
We are a membership organization and invite others interested in historic preservation, particularly those new to Mount Pleasant, to join with us, learn about the current challenges to sustaining the unique and valuable features of our neighborhood, and help us protect and preserve them for future generations. Please volunteer for one of our standing committees (Membership & Community Outreach, Design Review) or periodic special committees and help expand our activities. Questions and suggestions are always welcome; an e-mail link appears on this website.
2023 Board Members
Jonathan Herz, President
Kevin Lorei, Vice President & Design Review Chair
Carl Smith, Secretary
Peter Moore, Treasurer