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The DCJCC in 1926 and Today

by Prince Of Petworth June 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm 7 Comments

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This is very cool. PoPville flickr user NCinDC writes:

“The Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) in 1926, via the Library of Congress.

The DCJCC is located at 1529 16th Street, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Completed in 1926 to the designs of noted local architect B. Stanley Simmons, the neoclassical style building is designated as a contributing property to the Sixteenth Street Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user NCinDC

  • Anonymous

    When I first moved to DC in the late 1980’s that railing that ran around the property was still there. While the building was abandoned during those years, the railing was little by little knocked down and stolen, it was a shame cause it really made the property look so elegant

  • AngryParakeet

    I was going to lament the loss of the railing as well. Thanks for its sad history. I did not know this lovely building was ever abandoned; I guess because Dupont was not my stomping grounds.

    • Anonymous

      It was abandoned in 1968, part of the post-riot white flight, and stayed that way for almost 30 years.

    • Anonymous

      It didn’t open until the late 1990s. I’m not sure what it was before then, but it had been empty for quite a while and was in pretty rough shape.

      • Anonymous

        It was part of UDC before being bought from the city as the DCJCC.

  • President Coolidge spoke at the cornerstone-laying of this building in 1925 and it opened after a five-year building campaign the following year. It was the center of Jewish community life for 40 years.

    Following the migration of much of the Jewish community to the Maryland suburbs, the building was sold to the DC Government in 1969. The Government turned it over to Federal City College (predecessor to the University of the District of Columbia), who used it until 1985. The building was vacant until the Jewish community bought it back from the District in 1990, following growth of DC’s Jewish population. After $13.5 million in renovations, the Center opened to the community in 1997.

  • Old Kid

    It’s nice to see old building restored to the original beauty. Congrats to the original/new owners.

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