Military Road School

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Military Road School
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Military Road School is located in District of Columbia
Military Road School
Location in Washington, D.C.
Location 1375 Missouri Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°57′44″N 77°01′56″W / 38.96217°N 77.03235°W / 38.96217; -77.03235Coordinates: 38°57′44″N 77°01′56″W / 38.96217°N 77.03235°W / 38.96217; -77.03235
Built 1911-1912
Architect Snowden Ashford
Governing body Local
MPS Public School Buildings of Washington, DC MPS
NRHP Reference # 03000674[1]
Added to NRHP July 25, 2003

Military Road School is an historic structure located in the Brightwood neighborhood in the Northwest Quadrant of Washington, D.C. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The building now houses the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School.


The Military Road School was established in 1864 to educate free-people of color.[2] The site was formerly occupied by the barracks of Fort Stevens and was located on what was then Military Road, which connected Washington’s Civil War forts. Many freedmen and women settled near forts for protection and employment. It was one of the first schools in Washington to open after Congress authorized the education of African Americans.[2] The students who attended school came from the neighborhood, traveled from other parts of upper Northwest Washington as well as from Montgomery County, Maryland. The school remained open until 1954 when the Brown v. Board of Education decision desegregated public schools in the United States.[2]


The front part of the present school building was one of first buildings designed by the office of the Municipal Architect, which had been established in 1909, and to be reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts, which had been established in 1910.[3] The two and a half story building was designed by Snowden Ashford. A large contemporary addition was completed behind the building in 2009.

The building is faced with red brick and is accented by stucco panels and limestone trim. It is one room wide and has a central entrance porch. The large banks of multi-paned windows are located on the front and the sides of the building for maximum light. There are recessed brick panels on the back of the building. The gently flared hipped roof features wide scrolled eaves and is topped by an octagon shaped cupola.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Military Road School, African American Heritage Trail". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Military Road School". DC Preservation. Retrieved 2011-11-09.