Ed. Note: WAMU notes, “In the District, any business that holds city-granted licenses or permits is subject to D.C. human rights law, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex or gender identity…D.C.’s Office of Human Rights could also launch its own investigation into The Wing. But city officials don’t appear to have the company in their crosshairs.”
From a press release:
“The Wing, a network of co-working and community spaces for women, is opening its fourth location (and first outside of NYC!) at 1056 Thomas Jefferson NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
“Opening in Washington, D.C. allows us to welcome a new community of women to The Wing. We’re excited to invite the women who are fighting for change and rewriting the rules of politics into our space to share their mission with our members,” said co-Founder & CEO, Audrey Gelman.
ABOUT THE SPACE
The Wing D.C. will offer members signature amenities, including a cafe and bar, showers, lockers, meeting rooms, phone booths and an all-female art gallery.
Additional amenities of the 10,000 square foot space include a wellness and exercise room, bleacher seating for events, and The Wing’s largest female-centric library to date.
Designed by the same all-female team behind The Wing’s NYC locations – architect Alda Ly and interior designer, Chiara de Rege – The Wing’s newest location will offer the flexible work environment that we’re known for: open layouts, private nooks and a light-filled atmosphere. As a nod to our newest city, Joana Avillez and Payton Turner created a custom wallpaper featuring historically significant women illustrated in female busts. Heroes that pushed for change, their own advancement and progress: Mary McLeod Bethune, Frances Perkins, Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Elizabeth Keckley, Carrie Chapman Catt, Julia Lathrop, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Patricia Roberts Harris and Patsy Mink.
The Georgetown space has a special significance in women’s history. 1056 Thomas Jefferson NW was once home to the first all-female architect firm, run by the fearless Chloethiel Woodard Smith. The firm had a significant impact on the development of Downtown D.C., including the preservation of the historic Pension Building, the three office buildings on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and L Streets NW, dubbed “Chloethiel’s corner” by The Washington Post’s Architecture Critic, and the Capitol Park Apartments, just to name a few. The Wing has named a conference room after Chloethiel to honor her time leading the largest female-run architectural firm of her time and her ongoing legacy of women’s empowerment.
THE LENDING LIBRARY
The Wing has partnered with The Strand Bookstore to curate an all-female lending library with over 2,000 titles, which range from feminist theory to contemporary women’s Additionally, The Lantern, non-profit bookstore owned operated by Bryn Mawr Alumnae, has put together a Wing Women Reading List of 50 must read titles, which will also be available in the Georgetown lending library.
Washington’s take on The Wing’s cafe, The Perch, will open with an expanded menu that features healthier options, seasonal specials, and delicious treats that make you feel right at home. A full service bar will also be available in the evenings featuring custom cocktails and wine. We will be working with women-owned food & beverage companies like Vaughan Cheese and Republic Restoratives to stock our menu with DC’s finest.
ALL-FEMALE ART GALLERY
Throughout the space, The Wing Georgetown features a gallery of works by prominent female artists curated by Wing member and collaborator Lolita Cros.
Artists include Alba Hodsoll, Clara Claus, Deborah Brown, Devra Freelander, Emily Hope, Erin O’Keefe, Field Kallop, Jameela Elfaki, Jo Shane, Katherine Blackburne, Katrina Majkut, Katy Stubbs, Lana Barkin, Laura McGinley, Lorrain O’Grady, Louise Parker, Nancy Spero, Nydia Blas, Pauline de Roussy de Sales, Penny Slinger, Rhea Karam, Samantha Hahn, Senga Nengudi, Sune Woods and Yasmine Diaz.
1056 Thomas Jefferson NW Washington, DC 20007
Monday – Friday 8am-9pm Saturday – Sunday 10am-6pm”