The historic Park View School building was built in 1916 and has been recognized as a historic landmark (read the entire landmark application here). The school is an example of the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture, favored by Municipal Architect Snowden Ashford, the building’s architect. The design is notable for its broad window areas and distinctive limestone trim. The building has also earned praise for its unique dedicated auditorium – a rarity for DC Elementary schools, put in place so the building could serve as a community center for civic, social, and recreational activities in addition to its function as a school building.
The Park View school building was modernized in 2012 to include state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with smart boards and new lighting. The modernization team also fully updated the climate control system with central heating and air conditioning, along with electric, plumbing, and other systems work. The newly modernized facility has the capacity to serve 450 students and boasts a spacious dedicated auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria, computer lab, and nurse’s office. Our library is well-stocked with books thanks to the generosity of the Target Foundation, and is open for programming and student visits throughout the school week.
Our students experience outdoor play at the newly renovated Park View Recreation Center and playground, which is located directly adjacent to the school-building and includes a full size basketball court, multipurpose field, and play equipment. Students also have access to the school playground, which was renovated in 2012 and is located on the corner of Warder and Newton.
Our school has a strong partnership with Park View Recreation Center. During the day, we extend our campus to include the Park View Recreation Center. With access to their basketball courts, soccer field, playground, and field house our students enjoy recess time across the way. Working closely with the recreation specialist and roving leaders, day time programs for community families and afterschool programs for students are arranged to meet academic and personal needs.
This partnership has transformed the community and our neighborhood has progressed into a wonderful area in this city to live in because of the collaboration between the school staff and the recreation center staff, working hand in hand to support each other.
The Historic Park View Building will undergo a second stage of modernization in 2016 that will include full updates to the cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, and other public spaces.
The first two levels of the school, including the main the auditorium, are wheelchair accessible through a lift and ramp installed during the 2012 modernization. Elevators will be installed in 2016 to make the upper floors wheelchair accessible.
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View is named after two inspirational leaders and a vibrant neighborhood.
About Senator Blanche K. Bruce
Bruce was the first Black person to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. He was born into slavery but escaped as the Civil War began. He taught school and founded Missouri’s first school for Blacks. Later he moved to Mississippi where he held a number of local county positions including sheriff. During Reconstruction, in 1875, Bruce became U.S. Senator from Mississippi. He pressed for civil rights not only for Blacks but also for Native Americans and Chinese immigrants. After he left the Senate, Pres. Garfield appointed him to several federal positions.
Learn more about Senator Bruce: http://www.yale.edu/glc/tangledroots/tr12bb4.htm
All About President James Monroe
James Monroe was the fifth President of USA from 1817 to 1825. James was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He became US Senator in 1790. During 1794 to 1796 as Minister to France and he was instrumental in negotiating Louisiana Purchase. His presidency, which began in 1817 and lasted until 1825, encompassed what came to be called the “Era of Good Feelings.” One of his lasting achievements was the Monroe Doctrine, which became a major tenet of U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere.
Learn more about President Monroe: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesmonroe/
About the Historic Park View Building
The school located at the intersection of Warder and Newton streets was built in 1916 to designs by Snowden Ashford. The origin of the school can be traced back to the efforts of the Park View Citizens’ Association and their persistent appeal to Congress for funds to purchase the land and build the school. Ashford designed the school in his preferred style of Collegiate Gothic using red tapestry brick with trimmings of Bedford limestone and was built on some of the highest ground in the City. The interior is notable for the wooden truss that supports the auditorium roof. Originally a 16 room structure, the school quickly became too small for the needs of the community. Two wings were finally added to the building and ready for use by 1931.
Learn more about Historic Park View and the Community: http://parkviewdc.com/
Read more about Bruce Monroe Elementary at Park View on the official DCPS school profile.