Big Building at Corner of Sherman and Park Road, NW For Sale

Every year or so a reader will ask about this building located at 770 Park Road NW. We’ve learned that the building is home to:

“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.”

Not sure if this means NationHouse is moving or closing or if the owner of the building is just testing the waters. More info as it becomes available.

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  • develop into market rate condos plz

  • It looks perfect for a new Busboys and Poets…..

  • That is a beautiful building. I have always admired it as I pass it frequently.
    It would do very nicely as residential property.
    If at all possible I would like to see house multistory units for most of it.

  • Yes, would be a nice building for condos, with or wothout any ground floor retail space. It has a really nice roofline.

  • Is this that Afrika House next to the police station?

  • This is great news for the continued development of NW Columbia Heights / Petworth !!!

    • Why? What was wrong with the school? I’m just asking.

      • Assumning it becomes condos, that means more foot traffic, more patrons at the local shops and restaurants, more people representing the neighborhood, more tax dollars…

  • why do all the cool buildings in this city have to become snobby condos? can’t someone be a little creative and think outside the box?

    • whatchoo got?

    • ummm…gallery and performance space with studios above, independant retail, bar and/or restaurants, music venue, some kind of community service-based thing like a training center of some kind, theater…

      • ummm…. you have great ideas! are these places you actually want to open and run?

      • We’ve already got more public and private gallery space than we can fill and pay the rent.

        We already have more music venues than we can fill and pay the rent.

        There’s nothing to keep “independent” retail out of the ground floor as noted above.

        We already have underused community theater training venues.

        Guess it’s back to doing things that generate positive tax revenue for the city so that it can pay it’s bills.

        • and build density to support those other cooler things.
          snobby condos that build density and bring people with cash to support local retailers and whatnot.

          • We could always design a few condos to be “hipster-snobby” in the way that hipsters all like to pretend they’re not snobby while simultaneously looking down their noses at everyone else.

          • dog,

            haha! excellent idea.

          • I know it’s probably the safest answer fiscally and all that, but it just seems like a shame when a unique building with historical character gets split up into private property for just a very few to enjoy.

            I suppose the retail on ground level with condos above per the previous comments are a good compromise.

            Ragged dog, I don’t have a factual basis for this so I’m not steadfastly declaring you’re wrong, but I don’t see a lot of music venues closing down recently, so where are the ones that can’t pay the rent? The music venues I think of that would be around this size like 9:30, black cat, RnR hotel, brought in a lot of good business that spreads. Let the hipster labeling and hatred come, but their influence in neighborhoods can’t be denied.

            As far as tax revenue goes, whatever goes in there generates tax revenue, right? Whether it’s condos, restaurant/bar, retail, entertainment, those all generate taxes.

  • I’d love to see something besides condos as well, this is an unusual building which should be put, if possible, to creative use. Some kind of music venue would be perfect; other than Bloombars, which is very small, there are very few (no?) places to see live music in the area. Also a great space for a small charter school, and could easily be repurposed as such I imagine, if any are looking for an open space.

    But I guess the question, as always, is financial viability …

    • You’re kidding about the live music right? The problem with DC isn’t the lack of venues, it’s the lack of decent regional bands that people are willing to pay a few bucks to see.

    • few places to see live music? wtf are you talking about?

  • Not in DC generally (I’m not talking about competing with the Red and the Black guys), but in Columbia Heights / Petworth, where are the live music venues? I realize U Street isn’t far away, but I’d love more neighborhood music spots up here. If I am unaware of places (beyond Bloombars) please fill me in, I’d love to hear more.

    What are your genius ideas for this space?

  • Oh, and obviously Wonderland as well …

  • I always assumed that this was some sort of secret police bar given the lack of signage and the funky crests above the doors. Glad to have the mystery solved!

    In terms of what it should become, I would love to see some sort of business in there – a small market (basics, plus beer and wine) or a restaurant would be nice.

    However, with the police station double-parking extravaganza that regularly clogs Park and with Sherman so unfriendly to pedestrian traffic until the streetscape project is done, I don’t think there really is a viable option outside of condos.

  • It would make a great all-male sex club.

  • That’d make for one a hell of a pub!

    Whoops, that’s Eurocentric gentrification speak!

  • I think it would be an awesome midwifery/ birthcenter like DC Family Birth Center and BirthCare in Alexandria. Something that can serve the neighborhood in a great way and is sorely lacking.

  • As long as it’s not another pizza joint or chinese takeout or liquor store or crack house.

  • Why not turn it into a year-round farmers’ market?

  • I’m not sure who would send their kids to a school where they don’t know how to properly spell Africa.

  • This building should go condo so that we can all look forward to the day when we agree that the condo’s are overpriced yuppie crap construction, with Home Depot finishes, that there’s no parking and too much public housing nearby, and, hell, no not a good deal.

    You know, something to bring the community together.

  • Daycare below, art studios above. Ha ha ha ha

  • Next Step Public Charter School (part of the Latin American Youth Center @ 14th & Columbia) was looking into that space, but apparently, it didn’t work out. That’s my block, so I hope it’s something good. I second the “no liquor store, pizza, chinese takeout, crack house, strip club, etc.” There’s too much of those on the other side of the block on Georgia.

  • Priced at 2.41M and has been on the market since 2008.

  • As a Petworth res, I’ve passed this building a lot and have NEVER seen anyone go in or out. Though I’d like to see the space turned in to venue or bar, it seems as though restaurants in the neighborhood seem to have a hard time staying open, and then the vacant spaces never get filled. I’d love to be able to go out somewhere other than Looking Glass or Wonderland, without straying too far from my hood, but it seems that turning it into a residential space makes more sense, I just hope they don’t turn it into a high rise since it, like much of the area, has so much character.

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