- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 29, 2007

With Frida Burling at the helm, the Georgetown House Tour only gets bigger and better each year. No wonder the neighborhood’s resident grande dame (seated above left) was smiling at the event’s preview party Thursday night with so many young new supporters turning out to support the cause, among them Suzanne Mehlhouse (standing from left), Marla Moroscak and Maureen MacFadden.

Host Bill Dean (below with Miss D.C. ‘06 Kate Michael), “couldn’t say no,” when Mrs. Burling asked him to open historic Dodge House for the party as well as the tour. Her keen eye for the newest old house on the block ensured that the meticulously-restored 1820 Federal-style mansion would be a hit, and that was before she heard about all the specially-added features, including a swimming pool, spectacular roof deck with Jacuzzi and — this is the really good part — a couple of no-longer-secret trap doors and passageways that could have proved useful if the popular bachelor ever needs to escape.

— Kevin Chaffee

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