The 85th Georgetown House Tour, believed to be the oldest of its kind in the nation, lifts off this year on April 23 under the direction of Jill and Scott Altman, Georgetown residents and members of St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown. Capt. Altman is a veteran of four NASA space flights, spent more than 50 days in space and commanded the final two Hubble servicing missions. He also flew F-14s in the movie “Top Gun.” He is a member of the St. John’s Vestry and the first male church member to co-chair the Georgetown House Tour since it began in 1931.
In 2016, through the generous support of private Georgetown residents, House Tour organizers will present eight to ten houses. The Altmans are optimistic this year’s tour will be a special event, with some first time homes on the tour.
On Saturday, April 23, private homes and gardens will be open to Georgetown House Tour ticket holders from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the House Tour include admission to an organ recital and tea. In addition, each ticket holder will be automatically entered in a “Dine with the Astronaut” raffle. The raffle winner will enjoy lunch or dinner with Scott Altman at a Georgetown restaurant of their choice and have the opportunity to talk about space travel and working on the movie “Top Gun.” Tickets may be purchased in advance online and on the day of the tour at St. John’s Georgetown Church, 3240 O Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Additional information about the Georgetown House Tour can be found at http://www.stjohnsgeorgetown.org/get-involved/georgetown-house-tour/ or www.Georgetownhousetour.com.
About St. John’s
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown was the first Episcopal congregation in Georgetown. Founded in 1796, Francis Scott Key was among the first members and President Thomas Jefferson contributed to the building fund. Located in a Federal-style building, based on a design by William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, St. John’s was opened in 1804 and consecrated in 1809. The foundations, walls, roof and the bell tower are original. Today we are a joy-filled Episcopal Church that likes tradition but isn’t stuffy. All are welcome!