What is RHT?
RHT stands for the Capitol Hill Cluster School Renovator’s House Tour. RHT is one of the three primary fundraisers for the Capitol Hill Cluster School Parent Teacher’s Association, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to raising funds and contributing positively to the education of students at the Capitol Hill Cluster School. The Cluster is comprised of Peabody Primary School, Watkins Elementary and Stuart Hobson Middle School – the largest school district on the Hill educating more than 1,100 children each year. Together these schools are a strong and diverse Pre-K3–8th grade learning environment where students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Unique in D.C., the Cluster links a wide range of families who help one another and school administrators shape students’ future success.
How do I purchase a ticket?
There are three primary ways to purchase a ticket: (1) at www.renovatorshousetour.org, (2) at Capitol Hill businesses that sell tickets, which include Schnieders, Hill’s Kitchen, and Frager’s, and (3) at the front door of any house on the tour the day of the tour. Tip: To save a few bucks purchase your RHT tickets in advance – prices go up the day of the tour.
I purchased a ticket online, what do I do now?
On the day of the tour take your paypal receipt (either digitally or printed) to any one of the homes on the tour and receive your hard copy ticket.
Where should I start the tour?
You may begin at any house on the tour. There is no need to go to the houses in a particular order. You may start at any home on the tour and go through the homes in any order you prefer. Tip: Usually people start at the first or last house on the tour. if you want to avoid the crowds you may want to start in the middle and work your way out.
What homes will be on the tour this year?
For homeowner security we will not post the specific addresses of the houses on the website until the day of the tour. If you purchase a ticket online you will need to check the website the morning of the tour to get house addresses and decide where to begin.
How long does the tour take?
The tour is self guided so you can begin the tour any time you like between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and go through the houses at your own pace. We estimate that it takes the average tour goer about three hours. But, if you’re planning a renovation and intend to mine the homes for ideas it will likely take you longer. Please keep in mind that the tour ends at 4:00 p.m. so that the homeowners can return to their homes.
May I revisit a home?
Due to the quantity of attendees we can only permit you go to to each house one time. At each house a PTA volunteer overseeing the house will mark off that you have visited that home.
How do I learn more about the houses?
On the day of the tour you will receive a tour booklet that will provide notable information about each house. That information will include builders, architects, designers and/or others who were key to the renovation as well as homeowner insight into the renovation.
May I bring children on the tour?
We encourage you to find a sitter for children ages 2 to 10. If that is not possible, you may bring children but you should carefully supervise them in the houses to ensure that they do not cause damage. Tickets are necessary only for children ages 14 or older.
Can I walk to all the homes on the RHT?
We do our best to make the RHT walkable, but given the growth of the Hill that is sometimes not possible. Often people drive to a location and visit 3-4 nearby houses, then drive to another location and do the same. Many of us believe that the best RHT transportation is a bicycle.
May I make a financial donation as well?
We appreciate your support through purchase of RHT tickets and other Capitol Hill Cluster School fundraisers like the Capitol Hill Classic event each spring. Should you like to make an additional financial donation you may donate online at www.capitolhillclusterschool.org/support-us/donate-to-the-pta.