GM linked to an article by the Washington Business Journal yesterday stating that Chase Bank was coming to Georgetown. What he didn’t notice was that it was also reporting where in Georgetown it would be opening: 3215 P St. Otherwise known as the former Neam’s Market (or more recently: Marvelous Market.)
It’s hard to state how utterly disappointing this is. For such a historic building that has served as a food market for the community, literally for generations, to become an utterly useless bank is just about the worst possible scenario for this building. Honestly, burning it to the ground would be an improvement to this.
Waaaaay back in 2015 when the property was sold to a Long Island investment fund, GM raised alarms that it did not have a good track record in DC. Shortly after, GM received a huffy email from a manager of the fund claiming that they would be a good steward of the property and were looking for quality tenants. Yeah, about that. Continue reading
With the news that Ted Leonsis is listing his multi-million dollar condo in the former Wormley School, GM thought it timely to re-run his old article on the school from his series exploring the historic schoolhouses in Georgetown. Where now a owner of multiple professional sports teams lives in a $3+ million condo once walked some of Georgetown’s African American students.
The Wormley School
3325 Prospect St.
Current Owner: Private residences
Brief Story: The Wormley School was built and opened in 1885.
It was built specifically to educate Black children and was named in honor of James Wormley, a prominent African-American from Washington who lived from 1819 to 1884. Among other ventures, Wormley ran the Wormley Hotel at the corner of 15th and H. Its proximity to the White House made it a perfect location for secret meetings between the Tilden and Hayes factions during the great election controversy of 1876.