For the past three years we have been celebrating the rich history of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (CHPC) with our “Grateful Hearts Anniversary Celebration” as we led up to our Sesquicentennial year. On the weekend of May 17-18, 2014 we are celebrating our church Sesquicentennial (1864-2014).
During the years of the nation’s Civil War, a time of uncertainty and devastation, a small group of Capitol Hill residents had hope that a Presbyterian Church could be a flame of faith and reconciliation. As a testament to our founding member’s belief, that flame of hope is still alive in a vibrant group of Presbyterians 150 years later!
They would not – and dare we say – we often do not, recognize our rapidly changing Capitol Hill community. In just ten years a wave of development and planning has resulted in new office buildings, townhouse projects, condos and lofts from Barracks Row to the Atlas District. Thousands more are moving into the adjacent areas of Navy Yard, Kingman Park, NOMA and Trinidad. With a current population of 37, 028 residents with a median age of 34 according to Realtor.com, 17% of residents moved in to Capitol Hill in just the last year alone. In many ways our future is already here!
As we celebrate both the history of where our church has been and the beginning of the next 150 years, we celebrate the passing of the torch of hope, fellowship and worship to us. Our celebration and dinner will be held at Harbour Square designed by architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith (1910-1992) with landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley (1912-2004) and built between 1963 and 1966. The buildings feature a Club Room on the top floor that has spectacular 360 degree views of Washington, Virginia and overlooks the redevelopment of Southwest Washington with its mixed housing types, the Nationals stadium and effective use of green space. Harbour Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
A family-friendly fun evening event was held on Saturday, May 17 at 4:30pm in the Club Room of the Harbour Square at 500 N Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. The evening included a program on church history where we passed the torch of history during a theatrical presentation.
On Sunday May 18 at 11:00am we held a worship service in which we accepted with “Grateful Hearts” the torch of our heritage and looked toward the future. Worship was followed by a reception with special anniversary cake made by the members of the History Committee.