Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School

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Military Road School
Military Road School DC 02.JPG
Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School is located in District of Columbia
Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter 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
MPS Public School Buildings of Washington, DC MPS
NRHP Reference # 03000674[1]
Added to NRHP July 25, 2003

Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School is a public charter school in the Brightwood neighborhood in the Northwest Quadrant of Washington, D.C.. The school is located in the historic Military Road School. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

History[edit]

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]

Beginning in the 2003–2004 school year, the school has been used as the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The front part of the present school building was one of the 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.[4] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Military Road School, African American Heritage Trail". Cultural Tourism DC. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS". District of Columbia Public Charter School Board. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Military Road School". DC Preservation. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 

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