Goodbye Dorm, Hello Parking Garage?

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The residence hall at 2034 G Street on the GW campus is set to be demolished in order to make some room for a new parking garage/law school building.  I am deeply saddened by this news.  I spent an entire year of my graduate career studying this 3-story gem, selecting this building for my thesis because it was the only low-rise dormitory left on the entire campus, and most scholarly research suggests that high-rise, mall-like dorms can negatively impact a student’s physical and emotional well-being.  Although the residence hall had its problems, it needed to be renovated and made accessible, I am disappointed to see that GW has decided to take away the students only alternative on-campus living option.

Samantha can often be found daydreaming by the Rothkos of the East Gallery, sketching store facades along 14th, and snapping photos with her vintage polaroid at 9:30 club concerts. Since moving to DC in 2007 to get an MFA in Interior Design, her eyes can’t seem to be peeled away from the beautiful things in this city. Send any visual art, architecture, or design related news her way via Samantha (at)

4 thoughts on “Goodbye Dorm, Hello Parking Garage?

  1. I currently work for and go to school at GW, and there are many on-campus (if “on campus” means “at Foggy Bottom”) dorms. Ivory Tower and JKO are two popular ones. Maybe I’m confused about what constitutes a “dorm” or “residence hall”, but many students do live on campus here.

  2. P – The building was a condemned fraternity house then later retrofitted into a dormitory. Hope that helps.

    A – I agree with you, there are a multitude of on-campus living options at GW Foggy Bottom; however, for the purpose of this story I was referencing 2034 G Street as an ‘alternative’ on-campus living option since it is/was the only dormitory not considered to be a high-rise.