THURSDAY | APRIL 2, 2020
History often inspires design. This has been especially true for two key school renewal projects in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. In 1959, thanks to court ordered rulings, four African American students were enrolled at the Stratford Middle School. Approximately 100 police officers stood guard in case of protests and the students entered via a back door into the School gymnasium. In the 1970's the Marie Reed Learning Center was developed to replace a pair of formerly segregated school buildings with in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood. In addition to an integrated elementary school, the Center includes recreation facilities and a Community of Hope medical center. In this Session, we explore the ways that these histories have been celebrated in recent renewal designs. At Stratford, a new lobby has been created in part to celebrate the place where the first black student entered the School, and a history display has been integrally woven into entrance sequence. At Marie Reed, the Project features a new Legacy Gallery – carefully placed to celebrate the Schools history and its place with the Adams-Morgan Community. Michael Jones, one of the first four African American students to attend the formerly all-white Stratford Junior High School and a key participant in the design process will participate in the presentation.