The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s (ICAA) Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter has selected the winning projects of the 2017 John Russell Pope Awards. Every other year, the ICAA jury recognizes excellence in classic architecture, artisanship, interior design, and landscape architecture. Each project is submitted anonymously by the firm in twelve categories: New Residential Design (under and over 5,000 square-feet), Residential Renovation or Addition (under and over 5,000 square-feet), Commercial/Institutional/Ecclesiastical Design, Historic Preservation, Landscape Design, Interior Design (single room or multiple rooms), Urban Planning, Artisanship, and Student Award.

The program is named after John Russell Pope who notably designed the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Gallery of Art's West Building, National Archives Building, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. He received his B.Arch from Columbia University in 1894, and later went on to become the first recipient of the Rome Prize in 1906, joining the first class of the designers of the American Renaissance at the American Academy in Rome in Italy. After spending a couple of years traveling and sketching in Italy and Greece, he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. When he left for New York in 1900, Pope brought over his knowledge of the Beaux-Arts style and helped interpret European classicism into an American form.

“The mission of the Washington Mid Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts,” Mid Atlantic chapter president of ICAA Susan Sapiro said in a statement sent to ARCHITECT. “Through the John Russell Pope Awards competition, we recognize the creation of exceptional classical work in the Mid Atlantic region, and around the world.” See the award-winning projects below.

Residential Renovation or Addition Over 5,000 Square-Feet

Addition to a Pope House in Washington, D.C by Barnes Vanze Architects

Residential Renovation or Addition Under 5,000 Square-Feet

Kalorama Renovation in Washington, D.C. by Donald Lococo

New Construction under 5,000 Square-Feet

West River House in Harwood, MD. by Jones & Boer Architects

New Construction over 5,000 Square-Feet

Chain Bridge House in Washington, D.C. by Jones & Boer Architects


Monumental Staircase in Washington, D.C. by Marmi Natural Stone

Ironwork in the Artisan Tradition in Potomac, MD. by Iron Masters, Inc

Civic and Institutional Design

Christopher Newport Hall in Newport News, Va. by Glave and Holmes

Ecclesiastical Design

Mary’s Chapel in a rural site, Mid-Atlantic Region by O’Brien and Keane Architects

Saint Mary's Help of Christians Church in Indiana by McCrery Architects

Historic Preservation

US Capitol Restoration in Washington, D.C. by Historical Arts and Casting

Interior Design - Multiple Rooms

New Life for a Storied Home in Washington, D.C. by Patrick Sutton Interior Design

Horizon Builders Student Award

Debate Theater on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by Parker Hansen

Shipbuilding Museum in Washington, D.C. by Michael Rabe