Frelinghuysen University (Edward P. Goodwin House)

Frelinghuysen University, Former Classroom Building, also known as the Edwin P. Goodwin House, is an historic structure located in the Shaw neighborhood in the Northwest Quadrant of Washington, D.C. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Picturesque post-Civil War rowhouse which served from 1921-27 as the first permanent home of Frelinghuysen University (founded in 1917 to provide academic, vocational and religious education for black working-class adults); associated with the life and achievements of noted educator Dr. Anna J. Cooper (1859-1964), who served as president from 1930-41; significant to the history of African-American education in Washington; representative of institutions promoting racial solidarity and self-sufficiency during a period of intense segregation; illustrative of neighborhood social change, as the city's foremost African-American neighborhood assimilated speculative housing built for middle-class whites.

Built in 1879 (Diller B. Groff, builder; first occupied by insurance agent Edward P. Goodwin and family); 2 stories, red brick, triangular plan with octagonal corner tower, bays, corbelling, patterned slate roofs, and elaborate iron finials
DC designation June 22, 1995
National Register listing November 6, 1995
Contributing Property in the Greater U Street HD



1800 Vermont Avenue, NW