Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA is a social and recreational facility named for the first African-American woman poet (c. 1750-1784). The "Y" is the oldest building of its kind in Washington, DC and was organized by black women active in the community in 1905. The YWCA is dedicated to helping the community by providing care for the poor, war refugees, overall assistance with housing and related services.

The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA was built in 1920 thanks to designs by architects, Shroeder & Parish.

National Register Listing: October 6, 1983
DC Inventory: June 27, 1974



901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW