Demolition at the old Randall School, ‘Museum Place’ coming

820 Half Street, SW

Thanks to Mark Lyon for sending the update at the old Randall School soon to be Museum Place:

“Renovation and redevelopment of the historic Randall School will create a vibrant arts campus comprised of a contemporary art museum with commercial and education facilities complemented by a new 12-story apartment building, surrounding a beautiful landscaped courtyard in Southwest DC.

Constructed in 1906 with significant wings added in 1927, the Randall School historically served African-American public school students in southwest Washington DC. The redevelopment features renovation of the three-connected existing historic brick school buildings and the design of a new 12-story residential courtyard building to the north of the site. The 50,000 SF renovation of the main block and wings of the historic Randall School include museum and office program. The lower level of the main museum block will serve as the community’s “cultural living room,” displaying local artists’ work and space for public art. The east wing of the museum will house contemporary art gallery space to display large pieces from the extensive Rubell Family collection. The glass box addition at the east wing will create an inviting museum entry, with bookstore and café, and outdoor dining terrace along I Street to enrich street activity. The west wing will be designed for a creative office space or non-profit organization to augment the museum program. The concept design for the redevelopment of the historic Randall School has received unanimous approval from the Historic Preservation Review Board and from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission.”

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