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The Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra
2006 NSO Decorators' Showhouse (Oct. 8 - Nov. 5)

Regular Hours
Hours for the NSO Decorators' Show House are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (cash, check, or credit card). Children under eight, including infants, and spike heels are prohibited. Information on how buy tickets.

Information about Public Transportation and Satellite Parking

About the Showhouse Event
The Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) chose a selection of Ayrlawn as the site for the thirty-fourth annual NSO Decorators' Show House. The 2006 NSO Decorators' Show House will be open to the public from October 8 through November 5.

More than 25 noted interior and landscape designers selected by the Women's Committee and an advisory panel of noted design professionals will transform the residence showcasing trends in color, furnishings, and fabrics for the NSO Decorators' Show House 2006 opening to the public in October. Bare Bones Days on August 5 and 6, 12 Noon to 5 p.m., will offer visitors an experience of Ayrlawn prior to its dramatic makeover.

"We're delighted this important home will be the site of the NSO Decorators' Show House," says Angela Ganey, chair of the NSO Decorators' Show House 2006. "The elegant home honors our long tradition of showcasing the most interesting and noteworthy residences unique to the greater Washington area."

"We're honored and excited that the family residence has been chosen for the NSO Show House," says daughter Lorena Sevilla-Somoza, one of nine siblings. "We look forward to seeing how the selected designers will interpret the rooms. My parents' home always possessed a presence and quiet elegance. I think of them looking at this event and saying, 'yes, the house is going to look marvelous again.'"

About the Home
The brick Georgian style custom house, designed by Washington, DC architect Alfredo Echevarria and built in 1992, is located in the Kentsdale Estates neighborhood of Potomac, Maryland. Built by Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa, ambassador to the United States from 1943 until 1979, and his wife, Lillian Somoza de Sevilla Sacasa, daughter of the Somoza dynasty in Nicaragua, the house recalls the grand formal style of the Nicaraguan Embassy, home to the Sevilla-Somoza family for 36 years.

Sited on 2 acres, the 4-level, 16,672 square foot, house with separate staff quarters was inspired by the Governor's mansion in New Hampshire and the residenc'olonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Designed as a house for the ages, Ayrlawn was built to an old world standard of quality. The brick exterior received an Honorable Mention from the Masonry Institute for its intricate use of the building material. Solid limestone columns, quarried in South Carolina at the company that supplies the U.S. Capitol Building, define the portico. Throughout the first level, rare Brazilian Kúmuru hardwood floors edged in black granite, hand-fitted custom crown molding, and European crystal chandeliers add further drama and elegance to the generously sized formal rooms and 12-foot ceilings. Executed in antique carved Nicaraguan mahogany, the library evokes the grandeur of the past. The 112 doors in the property are solid core hardwood; marble and granite are used throughout the 9 full and 2 half baths. The heated gunite swimming pool features internal fountains to create a pond-like atmosphere. "I was extremely proud when the house was completed," recalls architect Alfredo Echeverria. "We delivered an extraordinary level of detailing. There were 56 sheets of drawings for the project. It's a magnificent home, the quality of which today would be unmatchable."

Accessibility Information
Accessibility at the Show House is limited. Visitors who, because of a mobility impairment, can not ride the shuttle must call in advance to make alternative arrangements. To arrange accommodations or get additional information about accessibility for visitors with mobility impairments call (202) 416-8727, Monday - Friday, 10 am to 5:00pm.

Sponsorship Information
The Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra would like to acknowledge GM as The Presenting Sponsor of the NSO Decorators' Show House 2006 and C2 Paint as the Official Paint Sponsor of the NSO Decorators' Show House 2006. We also thank SunTrust for being the Preview Party Sponsor and Coldwell Banker Previews International for being a Corporate Sponsor.

About the Women's Committee
Founded in 1941, The Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra consists of over 700 members. For 64 years, the Women's Committee has provided critical financial and service support to the Orchestra's education, community outreach, and artistic programs. The NSO Decorators' Show House is the principal fundraising event of the Women's Committee. Since its inception, the Women's Committee has raised over $10 million for the NSO. Read more about the Women's Committee.


  1. By Phone: Call and order tickets at 800-444-1324
  2. In Person: Purchase tickets in person at any of our several ticket locations.
  3. Online: IMPORTANT! Please read the following if you wish to purchase tickets online:
    • If you purchase tickets online we strongly urge you to choose the "Print at home" option.
    • If you choose pickup your tickets up at the box office you will need to come to the Kennedy Center box office to pick up your tickets. Your tickets will not be available at the entrance to the Showhouse, nor will there be a list showing that you have purchased tickets.
    • Showhouse tickets are good for any day October 8 - November 5. The page where you order your tickets, and your physical tickets will only say one day but you will be able to use them any day the Showhouse is open.
    • Order tickets online now (please make sure you have read the instructions above before you purchase tickets online)


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The general public can receive more information on the NSO Decorators' Show House 2006, by calling (202) 416-8149.