GW Museum receives approval from zoning commission

A digital rendering of the four-story GW Museum that will be located at 21st and G streets. Courtesy of the GW Office of Community Relations

Correction appended

The University received a green light Monday to go forward with plans to build the GW Museum.

The D.C. Zoning Commission voted unanimously to support construction of the GW Museum in a 5-0 vote, Jennifer Jenkins, public information officer for the commission, said.

Construction on the $22 million project transforming the Woodhull House into a home for the Textile Museum and D.C. artifacts will begin this summer, following the University Police Department’s move to the Academic Center.

Alicia Knight, senior associate vice president for operations, said the University was “pleased” with the vote in favor of the museum.

“With the positive input received from DC agencies and GW’s neighbors, this process was inclusive and collaborative and will provide a terrific resource for the GW community, the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods and DC as a whole to study and appreciate the art, history and culture the GW Museum will offer,” Knight said in an email.

The project must still earn the go-ahead from the National Capital Planning Commission. GW first made its case for the museum to the zoning commission on April 5, but the body held off on a decision citing traffic concerns surrounding the site.

The new building – constructed out of limestone similar to Lisner Auditorium and the Hall of Government – will offer a main entrance on 21st Street and a second entry on G Street. It will also feature a gift shop.

This post was updated May 16, 2012 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly reported that the GW Museum will be constructed out of a limestone similar to that of Lisner Hall. In fact, the limestone will be similar to the material used for Lisner Auditorium.


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