I Know You’ve Wondered Too

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What is this building located at Park and New Hampshire?

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  • I think it was/is (?) a charter school that focused on African values/history/etc.

  • By one of the doors on the side on Park it says “Nation House”

    They were having what looked like a carnival in the backyard a week or couple of weeks ago

  • I agree with anon, there are weekend events for children at this location

  • Really? I live around the corner and I’ve never seen anyone go in or out of that place.

  • http://www.nationhouse.org/

    NationHouse was founded in July 1974 in Washington, D. C. NationHouse grew out of the student activism of Howard University community in the late 1960s.

    We are one of the oldest independent Afrikan centered schools in the United States and in the DC metropolitan area serving the specific needs of children of Afrikan heritage from pre-school to twelfth grade. Today, NationHouse continues to serve families in the development and enculturation of responsible youth who are committed to their families, their community and their Afrikan culture/heritage.

    Currently, NationHouse maintains three fully functioning programs. Watoto School, serving pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students and Sankofa Institute, for fifth through twelfth grade students, are the major programs. The Afrikan Youth Organization (AYO) provides after school activities for students.

  • seems like a great school, i got a chance to see the inside, after passing it so many times not knowing what is was either. my friend had her child’s bday party their on the weekend (her child also goes there). Great space inside!

  • It would be nice if the 3 large boarded-over windows could be reopened and the doors replaced with something more inviting. More glass, and hence more interaction between the building and the street, could really liven up that corner, as well as bring more natural light in for the kids. The upper two floors are gorgeous.

  • I’ve always thought that place should house a Petworth/Columbia Heights branch of the Cobra Kai.

  • I walk past this school every day and just love it. The families are so nice, the kids are so cute and genuinely seem happy to go to school there. Nation House employs the tiniest elderly lady, Ms Edra from across the street, to be a greeter in the mornings. This 90 year old lady hugs all the kids and parents when they drop their kids off. It’s such a touching sight to see these 6′ tall men stooping down to hug Ms. Edra! I’ve told her I’m going to take her job when she retires.

  • @Mr. T, to be honest, given the boarded up windows and scarlet doors I have to admit I kinda jumped to the conclusion that it was a “gentleman’s club” though I kinda thought it odd that it’d be so close to a police station. I’m rather amused to discover that it is actually a school.

  • I love this building and I’m so glad to finally know something about it. Although, I am very embarassed to admit I thought it had an Asian affiliation (the writing kind of looks like Chinese characters??). Does Nation House ever have “open house”? It would be cool to get a tour of the inside.

  • Ahh! Thank you Pop. I thought it was some sort of martial arts training facility.

  • WOW thats actually a picture of me walking around petworth on sunday. my friend and i in the picture were thinking the same thing about this place

  • The symbol is from Ghana – it’s meant to signify the supremacy of God. You see it everywhere in Ghana, but you’re right that it does look Asian!

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