Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wilson High School Walking Tour on July 6

Join the DC Preservation League for a tour of Woodrow Wilson High School, led by Christoffer A. Graae AIA, LEED AP, principal of the architecture firm of Cox Graae + Spack, and by Sarah Norman, project manager of GCS-SIGAL,LLC.  The tour will explain the renovation and modernization of this historic landmark under the DC Education Reform Act of 2007.

The 1920s and 1930s were a time of phenomenal growth in Tenleytown. Single family houses were built with rapid fire bringing a significant increase in school aged children. As one of the most crowded areas of the DC public school system, the Board of Education recognized the need for an additional high school and acquired the current site of Wilson in 1932.

Wilson opened for the 1935 school year and was described by District Teacher Magazine as "of the most modern and up to date type of school construction." Today, the building exemplifies the high standard of architectural quality characterized by Washington's public school design and construction of this era.

Here's the information you need to sign up for this fascinating look at one of DC's best public high schools:

What: A Wildcat Walking Tour
When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Metro Station: Tenleytown-AU Station
Cost: $15 Members for members of DC Preservation League; $25 Non-Members
Limited space available. Reservations required. Click here to reserve your place.

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