Eastern High School

Washington, District of Columbia

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    District of Columbia Public Schools

  • AREA

    284,000 sq.ft.





Eastern High School was built in 1923 and is one of the oldest continuously operating high schools in the District of Columbia. Because of its age and size, the school building was renovated and "right-sized" to better meet the needs of the community, as well as district standards, including goals of small learning communities, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMcox graae + spack architectsCAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$250.00CITATIONHistoric Preservation CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation technology, preservation and restoration, energy efficiency and maintaining learning during construction.

All interior spaces were renovated, including the enclosure of two courtyards to establish inviting, daylight-rich atriums. All building systems—including mechanical, electrical and plumbing—were renovated and upgraded to increase efficiency and decrease operating costs. Each window air-conditioning unit also was removed during remodeling.

The fully wireless building, designed to achieve LEED gold certification, now has automated lighting, and each classroom is equipped with interactive whiteboards and flatscreen televisions.

Classrooms were returned to their Collegiate Gothic splendor with full-height windows and restored wood floors. Along with the restoration of historic brick in the hallway, all woodwork and the original seats inside the auditorium were restored. The one-time administration suite became an open and appealing media center.

align="center">"Great attention to detail. We were struck by the care and attention to the restoration of the building."--2011 jury