Dear PoP – What is the Building at Sherman and Park?


“Dear PoP,

What is the building on the east side of Sherman Ave NW at Park? It has a cutout of a red rooster on a weathervane over the door. Normally I don’t have a problem identifying the local cock in my neighborhood, but this one eludes me a bit.

On an unrelated note, does anyone know if there is anything to be done about random car alarms going off? I live at Iowa and Arkansas NW and for the past two nights, from 1:30am or so until 8am a car alarm goes off for about 20 seconds every 30 or 45 minutes. Is anyone else hearing this? Aside from a sledgehammer is there anything one can do?”

For car alarms we had a lengthy discussion here.

The building at Sherman and Park comes up in a Dear PoP every year or so.

I learned they have a great Web site that says:

“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.

Our graduates from Sankofa Institute, eighth grade and twelfth grade have gone on to be successful students at their matriculating high schools and colleges respectively. Amongst our alumni, we have, successful mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, doctors, future lawyers, teachers, musicians who have graduated at the top of their class…. Our graduates have attended B. Banneker H.S., Howard University, U.D.C., Hampton University, Spelman, Morgan State University, Coppin State, Cheney State University, etc…

True to its dedication to the preservation and transfer of Afrikan heritage, NationHouse has counted within its community families from all over Afrika and the diaspora; from Ethiopia, Azania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Liberia and Gambia; the Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Jamaica; from Los Angeles to Miami, New Haven to Chicago and back again; from Anacostia and the Gold Coast, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia; and from all economic strata – professionals, students, and the unemployed. The common thread has been conscious will to protect, preserve and transmit our unique cultural heritage to our children and the broader world community.”

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  • Wow. And I just called it a cock building. My bad. Thanks for the info PoP!

  • I wonder if NationHouse is open and affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth? Anyone know?

  • Wonder why they misspell Africa? You would think they would know better.

    • I wasn’t sure if this comment was in jest or not, but just in case it wasn’t…

      Actually, the “K” is intentional. The sound of a hard “c” in most African languages is spelled with “K”. It is believed that the spelling “Africa” was changed by mostly the Portuguese and British who replaced “K’s” with “C’s” to reflect their own orthography.

  • For car alarms – write a polite note to the car owner – in CRISCO or butter, in big letters, all over the windshield. No damage – but almost as much of a pain to clean up as is the annoyance of the alarm.

  • I am actually a former student. I attended Watoto Shule from 1989-1994 (Kindergarten-4th grade). I consider myself truly grateful to have attended such a school that prides itself on instilling a sense of identity and culture in the youth.

    To terrydactyll: I am not certain that Watoto Shule is affirming to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth; however, I recall there being a few LGBT students and they didn’t experience discrimination. Watoto Shule aims to create a family-oriented environment. They constantly encourage you to accept and appreciate other’s differences; especially since so many people from various cultural and demographic backgrounds attend the school.

    Hope this extra information was helpful. Be great.

  • Victoria, your plan of urban hijinks will be put into place upon the next hearing of ANY car alarm in my area. Lipstick may be in order as well.

  • i’ve always wondered with this sherman and park building is. i’ve never seen anyone enter or exit, but the building looks in too good of condition to not be occupied?

    i will give someone a cookie if they figure this out.

  • I was wondering if it was still operating. I saw it on a website, for sale a few months back. After looking again I was able to still find it on a listing at this site:

    But I have no idea if it was sold, if this information is current or if the sale affected their operations.

  • I am very glad that Aminata shared her story.

    A local bully went there for a few years before dropping out so I didn’t have a good impression of it, thanks.

  • on the car alarms thing, I think folks on the 16th St Hts listserv were noting a problem up around Decatur with the alarm on a green Camry.

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