Margaret Murray school named D.C. historic site

The Historic Preservation Review Board recently designated the Margaret Murray Washington School, 27 O St. NW, a landmark for the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites. The building will eventually house 82 units of affordable housing.

The school was originally known as the O Street Vocational School. The main block was built in 1912 from plans by D.C. municipal architect Snowden Ashford. It was renamed in 1926 for the former Tuskegee Institute teacher and widow of Tuskegee founder Booker T. Washington.

Development will be partially funded through federal rehabilitation tax credits. The building is to retain its basic floor plan and many interior features and trim.

For information, go to planning.dc.

Georgia Ave. historic trail to be unveiled Saturday

Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness of District history, will unveil its newest D.C. neighborhood heritage trail, Lift Every Voice: The Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail, at 11 a.m. Saturday on the front lawn of Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW. Speakers at the event will include D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Clive Callender of Howard University Hospital.

The trail includes Howard University, the first African American liberal arts university; President Abraham Lincoln’s commuter route; a German beer garden; author Zora Neale Hurston’s boardinghouse; and historic Griffith Stadium. For information, go to

Fort Dupont Park closed to vehicles Saturday

Walkers, runners, bikers and skaters will have the streets to themselves from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Feet in the Street in Fort Dupont Park. The roads in the park, including Fort Davis and Fort Dupont drives SE, will be closed to vehicles.

Free activities along the 1.6-mile corridor include rock climbing, hiking and mountain bike trails, gardening and cooking classes, and yoga and boxing demonstrations.

Participants are asked to cycle, walk or take mass transit to the park.

For information, visit
or call 202-426-7723.

Sitar Arts Center to hold open house Oct. 20

Sitar Arts Center, a nonprofit school that offers after-school music and arts education to predominantly low-income students, has scheduled “A Night of Sitar Stars,” a fundraising gala, from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 at Meridian International Center, 1624 Crescent Place NW. A 6 p.m. open house at the center at 1700 Kalorama Rd. NW will precede the gala. Tickets are $150.

The event will include performances from the center’s ballerinas, taught by Washington Ballet staff; the center’s Saints Band; and songs from its summer musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Each student’s tuition is largely subsidized by the center, with an estimated cost of $1,000 per student each semester. The fundraising goal is to sponsor 120 students.

For information, call 202-797-
2145 or visit www.sitarartscenter.

Bloomingdale plans house tour, art show

The Bloomingdale Civic Association is hosting a house tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and an art show Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds will support college scholarships to Bloomingdale youths, community beautification and historic preservation efforts.

The tour will include Victorian, traditional and contemporary homes. Check-in is at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The community extends from Florida to Michigan avenues and from Third Street NW to North Capitol Street.

The art show, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at GooDBuddY Gallery, 410 Florida Ave. NW, will feature 14 Bloomingdale artists.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day. For information, go to

— Compiled by Terence McArdle