D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham announced yesterday that four properties in Ward One will be renovated after years of disrepair and neglect: 1915 6th Street, NW, 902-904 T Street, NW, 744 Harvard Street, NW, and 1428 Perry Place, NW. The renovations are part of the city's Home Again Initiative, which seeks to transform vacant and abandoned residential properties into single-family homeownership opportunities for residents.
One of the announced properties, 902-904 T Street, NW, particularly caught my attention. This highly visible vacant property is located at the corner of 9th and T Streets. It housed the Washington Conservatory of Music from 1903 to 1960 (pictured). Harriet Gibbs Marshall, the first African American to graduate from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, founded the Conservatory. Today, the beautiful old building is boarded up (with brightly painted plywood) in an area that brims with life and renewal. It will be nice to see this historic structure inhabited again.
PHOTO CREDIT: Howard University Archives, available here.