People. Buildings. Community.


To preserve and revitalize Washington D.C.’s neighborhoods through programs that connect residents to their collective history, protect the city's architectural heritage and reactivate neglected properties within their communities.

The L'Enfant Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1978 to protect Washington, D.C.'s historic buildings. At the Trust's foundation is its nationally recognized Conservation Easement Program which prevents demolition or inappropriate modification of nearly 1,150 of Washington's historic structures.  Additionally, the Trust launched its Historic Properties Redevelopment Program to ensure that preservation is one of the many tools employed in a diversified approach to urban planning. The Trust's HPRP acquires and rehabilitates severely distressed historic buildings that are threatened with demolition by neglect where such restoration will have a positive impact on neighborhood stabilization.

Our Founder

It is with deep sadness that The L’Enfant Trust’s Board of Trustees announced the passing of our Founder and Trustee Emeritus, Stephen P. Goldman in September 2021. Steve was our founder, our leader, our mentor, and our dear and trusted friend. Steve founded the Trust over forty years ago to honor and preserve the beauty of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods. From the Trust’s inception as an easement holding organization seeking to protect Washington’s historic neighborhoods to the Trees for the City and Historic Properties Redevelopment Programs, Steve has been at the heart of the organization.


2009 Vision Award
from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City

The L'Enfant Trust 2015 Preservation Award

2015 State Historic Preservation Officer's Award
Creating Housing through Preservation

The L'Enfant Trust 2015 Award of Excellence District of Columbia


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