Alexander Crummell School

The school was named in honor of Alexander Crummell, the noted African-American clergyman, activist, educator, and founder of the American Negro Academy.

The Alexander Crummell School (1910-11) is located in the Ivy City neighborhood at the intersection of Central and Gallaudet Streets, N. E. It is a free-standing building with generous level open-space on all sides. Municipal Architect Snowden Ashford designed this building in 1910 in a personalized Renaissance style. The building was constructed in 1911 by Allan T. Howlson. As built in 1911 it was an early extensible six-classroom building. The second story at the rear of the building, built according to the original plans, was not added until 1932.

The red brick Alexander Crummell School is two stories high, three bays wide with high English basement and full attic within a steeply pitched standing seam metal roof. Entrances are located in these central pavilions in the nearly identical northeast and southeast elevations, the former for girls and the latter for boys. The girls' entrance serves as the primary entrance and the southeast facade, facing Gallaudet Street, is the principal facade. The Alexander Crummell School graduated its last class in 1972.

DC Inventory: May 23, 2002
National Register: July 25, 2003



Kendall & Gallaudet Streets NE