Urban League Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters

New Building Signals Columbia Heights Revitalization

Long last, hopes, dreams and aspirations for a new League headquarters have become a reality. Construction for the Greater Washington Urban League’s new headquarters and program office at 2901 14th Street, NW (the old Hines Funeral Home) in the Columbia Heights section of the city was completed in September 2004.

GWUL President Maudine R. Cooper said, “We are so excited that we have completed our new home in the Columbia Heights community, just a few blocks from our old headquarters. This facility will be a resource center for not only the Columbia Heights community, but the city as well.” Informally, we call it the “Peoples’ Building.”

The renovation of the building was one of more than a dozen projects supported by the National Capital Revitalization Corporation.

The new facility has more than 29,000 square feet of space, nearly triple the size of the League’s old headquarters in the 3500 block of 14th Street. It houses the League’s program offices for education, health services, employment and training and housing and community development as well as the administrative offices of the League. The building features computer labs, a special purpose library, meeting rooms, special events space and a notary public.

More than $4 million has been raised as part of the League’s $10 million Capital Campaign. Supporters of the League can still support this historic effort by participating in various naming opportunities for the new building. Under the new pricing structure, it is more affordable than ever to purchase a naming opportunity in the building. Opportunities range from selecting the name of the new building to having your name mounted beside a window or outside a room. Now, everyone can participate and have their name or the name of a loved one etched in perpetuity. To name the area of your choice or for help in making the selection, please call the League’s Capital Campaign Office at 202-265-8200.

The overall project to build the new facility was financed by M & T Bank (formerly Allfirst Bank). Development Team Members were DRI, Inc., Eichberg Construction, Russell Sears Architects and L.S. Caldwell & Associates.