Architectural Change Proposed for Historic Building on Ft. McNair

The Department of the Army has submitted a concept design for the proposed modifications to Building 58, located at Fort McNair. Building 58, located in the northwest corner of the installation, currently accommodates medical clinic functions. It was built in 1884 in the Second Empire architectural style. It occupies a footprint of approximately 9,054 square […]

Temporary Fire Station Proposed on Fort McNair

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) is proposing to erect a temporary fire station in the Fort McNair Historic District. The project would involve installing a temporary building on the basketball court on the east side of the north parade ground. The temporary tent-like structure would house two fire trucks while the adjacent building, historic Quarters 28, would […]

Back to School at Amidon-Bowen

It was a successful first day back to school for Amidon-Bowen Elementary School. Google surprised art teacher Greta Schorn in her new classroom with art supplies that she had put on a wish list for her class. Google arrived with supplies including glue sticks and canvases. Ms. Schorn said that she always felt bad when a […]

From The Fort: An Interview with LTG Mike Flynn

On August 18th, Lieutenant General (LTG) Michael Flynn sat down with me at his home on Ft. McNair to discuss life on post, the Southwest neighborhood, his storied military career, and plans for the future. In our talk, LTG Flynn spoke extensively on how change is never easy yet sometimes required, and how that is […]

Amidon-Bowen’s Open House

A U.S. Army Color Guard from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall presented the colors held to celebrate the remarkable interior makeover at Amidon-Bowen on Sept. 8. JBM-HH is Amidon-Bowen’s Partner in Education in Southwest Washington. This impressive ceremony opened the program that officially introduced Amidon-Bowen’s “new look” to the community. The community and former Principal Almeta […]

What do historic designations mean for Southwest?

What does preservation mean in Washington?  The city’s appointed Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) decides which sites (usually buildings, but also gardens, parks, radio towers and other strange things) qualify for “landmarking” (protection).  If the Board approves a nominated site, any alterations to the place that require a building permit are reviewed by the city’s […]