Tudor Place to Honor the Late Elizabeth Powell

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The late Elizabeth Powell (right) will be honored at this year's Tudor Place Spring Garden Party. Here she is shown with the 2015 honoree, Ellen MacNeille Charles, and Geoffrey Baker at that year's event. Photo by James R. Brantley.

The 26th annual Tudor Place Spring Garden Party, chaired by Amy Gross and Megan Paleologos, will honor the late Elizabeth G. Powell, their friend and a friend to the museum, on Wednesday, May 23.

Powell, who lived on Dumbarton Street with her husband Jeffrey and two children, Eleanor and Charlie, died at the age of 39 in February of 2017 after a brief battle with cancer. She was active on the Tudor Place board as well as with the Georgetown House Tour and other community efforts.

Located at 1644 31st St. NW, the 200-year-old estate was her “backyard” before she had a backyard, Powell once told a Tudor Place audience. She chaired the 2015 garden party in honor of Tudor Place benefactor Ellen MacNeille Charles, who showed up from her home just south on 31st Street

“We all started our families here,” said Paleologos of Tudor Place and Georgetown. “We have watched our children celebrate, learn and play at Tudor Place.”

“Her love for Tudor Place was infectious and became our love,” Gross added. “Chairing this year’s event is about celebrating both Elizabeth and our shared love of this special place in the heart of our neighborhood.”

According to Tudor Place, some 500 guests are expected at the garden party, a spring tradition in the nation’s capital. “Set in the estate’s five-and-a-half-acre landscape with the Federal-style mansion as backdrop, the garden party helps sustain the museum financially all year. Tudor Place has thrived through more than two centuries, serving six generations of one family. As a public museum it enters its 30th year in 2018 and has served more than 400,000 visitors with admired and award-winning education, collections, and research programs advancing its mission to bring people closer to their own stories and the American story.”

The garden party is on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets start at $250.

Elizabeth Powell, 2018 Tudor Place honoree. Courtesy the Powell family.
The annual Tudor Place Garden Party on the grounds of the historic Georgetown home May 20, 2015. The evening’s honoree was Ellen MacNeille Charles, who is seen flanked by Geoffrey Baker and party chair Elizabeth Powell. Photo by James R. Brantley.
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