Preserving Neighborhoods

"Many of us who live in rowhouse neighborhoods — whether lifelong Washingtonians or recently arrived — chose to live in them because of their attractive architecture, because the housing is large enough to raise a family in, and because the density allows neighbors to get to know each other resulting in a strong sense of community​" -- Kent Boese

What makes Washington the beautiful and interesting place is its architecture, history, culture, and people. The city’s historic structures make our neighborhoods the desirable places they are. While not every old building merits preservation, maintaining the historic beauty and character of our neighborhoods – while embracing new development – helps to build interesting and vibrant communities.

Kent's success in recognizing and protecting historic sites in Ward 1 and beyond incudes the following accomplishments:

  • Successfully nominated five properties for inclusion on the African American Heritage Trail – Dr. Roscoe Conkling Brown residence, Park View Playground, Judge William C. Hueston residence; Charles H. Wesley residence; and Nob Hill.
  • Introduced a resolution urging DC Council action to include D.C. Public Charter Schools using District owned buildings in the Historic Preservation Office’s design review process (read ANC resolution here; view DC Council Committee Report; view resulting Law L20-0095).
  • Nominated the Park View School as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites May 24, 2012; National Register May 1, 2013 (read nomination here)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Park View Playground as a historic site (DC Inventory of Historic Sites July 25, 2013; National Register February 24, 2014 (read nomination here)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Hebrew Home for the Aged as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites May 22, 2014; National Register July 25, 2014 (read staff report)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Park View Christian Church as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites June 26, 2014; National Register December 29, 2014 (read staff report)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Bruce School as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites November 20, 2014; National Register March 31, 2015 (read staff report)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Wilson Normal School as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites November 20, 2014; National Register March 31, 2015 (read staff report) (watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Lincoln Playground Field House as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites February 25, 2016) (read staff report)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Palisades Recreation Center as a historic landmark (DC Inventory of Historic Sites April 28, 2016) (read staff report)(watch hearing here)).
  • Nominated the Residence of Charles W. Gilmore as a historic landmark (pending)
  • Nominated the Twin Oaks Community Garden as a historic landmark (pending)
  • Nominated the Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 13 as a historic landmark (pending)
  • Nominated the Potomac Electric Power Company Substation No. 25 as a historic landmark (pending)