Old North Building

The Old North Building is the oldest remaining building academic on the Georgetown University campus.

Old North (shown above) is the oldest standing academic building on campus, built between 1794 and 1797. An 1829 Prospectus shows the North and South Buildings as the heart of Georgetown’s campus. The College appears to have had only two buildings, but the steps to the North Building acted as a place for famous visitors to speak, including the nation’s first president, George Washington.

The most recent renovation took place in 2013. There have been enormous changes on the top floor. In 1983, the top floor was used as study area for graduate students. On this floor, there was the white hallway filled with study carrels. The roof timbers at that time have already served only as decoration, not as supporting the roof. In 2015, as shown by the most recent renovation blueprint in 2013, the study area on the top floor has been divided into nineteen offices. The dark brown beams were removed, and were replaced by white-painted compartments, dividing space for offices.

Built 1795-97
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
HABS DC-170
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Thirty-Seventh & O Streets Northwest, Washington, DC ~ Within the Georgetown University Campus