Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

New Historic District Proposed for GWU/West End


click here for largerPDF of George Washington/West End Historic District map
Click here for: George Washington University West End Historic District Nomination Case 14-12
Here’s a snippet:

The George Washington/West End Historic District, located in what is considered part of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., is significant as the historic core of The George Washington University campus. The University was chartered by Congress in 1821, belatedly fulfilling President Washington’s desire to establish an institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. In 1912, the University moved from present-day Columbia Heights to Foggy Bottom, where it became committed to providing world-class education in the city. This commitment has been reaffirmed over the decades by the University’s continuous efforts to create a prominent campus in its tight urban setting, as per the 1922 Harris Plan, and the ambitious building agenda undertaken by President Cloyd Heck Marvin over the course of several decades from 1927 to 1951.

For a look at the bigger picture of the area, check out Foggy Bottom and the West End in Vintage Images.

One comment on “New Historic District Proposed for GWU/West End

  1. Michael La Place
    December 12, 2019

    Designation of the George Washington University-Old West End Historic District has already resulted in the preservation, renovation and restoration of several important buildings on the GW campus. It was a great accomplishment!

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