2100 L Street has been highlighted in the Summer 2022 edition of ArchitectureDC, featured for its impressive lobby, engaging amenities, and unique historic elements. Originally built in 1868, 2100 L includes the renovation of the historic Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, alongside a new office building where the school's playground once was.
The 10-story office building includes 190,000 SF of office space and 8,000 SF of retail. After renovation, the 40,000-SF elementary school will reopen as a child development center and expansion of School Without Walls, a nearby rigorous school with a long waitlist. Bohler DC provided site civil engineering, surveying, and construction administration services for the project.
The school is historically significant to the DC area, as one of the first public schools for African Americans, intended for the children of freed slaves following the Civil War. At the time it closed in 2008, it was the oldest elementary school in the country still operating as a school. It was named after Thaddeus Stevens, the Congressman who helped spearhead the abolishment of slavery in the 1860s. Stevens' legacy is planned to live on in the renovated facility through a statue, feature wall, and art gallery featuring the work of African American artists.
Check out the feature story in ArchitectureDC here.