Myrtilla Miner Elementary School

Washington, DC
Project Highlights
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • 85,000 sf, 560 students
  • New Construction
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers project
  • AIA Honor Award, AIA Maryland
  • AIA Grand Honor Award, AIA Potomac Valley
  • Award of Excellence in Design, USCOE
  • Architectural Design Award, Masonry Institute

A fresh start for a deserving neighborhood.

Elaborate brickwork and arched entryways make Myrtilla Miner Elementary School feel right at home in its residential neighborhood. This urban community now has a school that is harmonized with its staggered rowhouse context and state-of-the-art in its features.

The tight urban site—made even tighter with the renovation of a historic 1901 structure into a community service facility—required a design with a compact footprint. The resulting building, constructed on the phased occupied site, conveys a sense of home and security through its warm brick tones. Inside, the Main Street corridor separates the community use rooms, such as the cafeteria and gymnasium, from the academic wing so spaces in the school can be used by the community after hours. The school’s 2-story media center is wrapped by classrooms filled with natural daylight, resource rooms, extended learning areas and large group instruction spaces.

Residents in the area have enthusiastically embraced the school as a community hub. They find comfort in its colorful and neighborly aesthetic and in the 21st Century learning model it strives to uphold.