It’s Official, HPRB Approves Park View School Designation as a D.C. Historic Site
The Historic Preservation Review Board voted unanimously yesterday (May 24, 2012) to designate the Park View School a landmark to be entered in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites, including the interior of the auditorium, and that the nomination be forwarded to the National Register of Historic Places with a positive recommendation for listing as of local significance.
Below is an excerpt from the Historic Preservation Office Staff Report on the Park View School, which sums it up nicely.
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Park View Elementary is sui generis. While it is consistent with the school property subtype associated with the first municipal architect, Snowden Ashford, it is unique for its 700-seat auditorium. No other elementary school before 1949 had its own dedicated auditorium, although some had gymnasium/cafeteria/auditorium spaces. And such multipurpose rooms did not compare to this soaring space, with its balcony and remarkable, complicated trusses, clearly calculated to serve as a public meeting and performance venue. Inside and out, Park View is a superior specimen of the public elementary school.