Ivy City's historic buildings
The Hecht Warehouse is a noticeable fixture in Ivy city and currently home to luxury apartments. But according to a Washington post article in 2015, the building faced in foreclosure in 2011.
Built by Hecht’s department store, this historic building was “built in 1937 in an art deco architectural....[and] was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994” (Judkis, 2015).
After falling into foreclosure, the Hecht Warehouse was redeveloped into high-end apartments. It is also home to Ivy City’s MOM’s Organic Market.
Alexander Crummell School
Built in 1911 and named for an abolitionist, the Alexander Crummell School was a historically black elementary school, according to the Friends of Crummell School website:
“The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and listed as one of DC’s Most Endangered Places by the DC Preservation League in 2013” (Friends of Crummell School – History of Ivy City). Despite its historical status, the building fell into disrepair.
According to an article in the Washington Business Journal, the Crummell School redevelopment plan is one of the first to work corporately with Ivy city’s residents. Instead of simply building, this program solicited feedback and it really shows. In addition to new, higher-end townhomes, “plans for the school site include community open space, an urban garden, working farm, restaurant and other commercial spaces” (Goff, 2016). Also, as mentioned previously, the school is a historic building and the redevelopment plans will honor this by maintaining Washington DC’s ownership of the building (Goff, 2016). Hopefully, this will ensure the continued cooperation between businesses, redevelopers, and the community to create a truly thriving neighborhood.