Mount Rainier Homes, Garden & Green Tour 2010

For those of you who haven’t discovered Mount Rainier, you’re in for a treat. Situated just over the DC line in Prince Georges County, the historic gem is the antithesis of the DC McMansion suburb movement. It’s bursting with beautiful architecture, a vibrant arts community, and more than its fair share of green and DIY renovations, which you can check it out this weekend at the Mt. Rainier Homes Tour.

Last weekend, I visited Mount Rainier for the first time, and I’m absolutely smitten. The DC area has its fair share of historic neighborhoods, but I’m not sure if I have visited any quite as vibrant, friendly, or unpretentious as Mount Rainier. For a relatively small community, it is abundant with working artists and beautiful homes, many of which have been undergoing loving restoration projects both inside and out. I had the pleasure of visiting a few houses, and was struck by how many people in the neighborhood were working to better their homes while preserving the historic character of the neighborhood. Some have renovated their homes with their artist needs in mind, devoting significant portions of the home to studio space. Check out the individual photo captions for more information.

My pictures don’t begin to do these homes or the neighborhood justice, so be sure to check out the tour in person this coming Sunday, October 17th from 12pm – 5pm. The tour begins at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Maryland and will include twelve homes and buildings featuring many artists’ spaces, green renovations, and historic architecture.

Images: Leah Moss