Anthony Bowen YMCA

1816 12th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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Description 

Designed for the black community by a black architect, W. Sidney Pittman, the costly and well-equipped YMCA became a vital community center. Organizations such as the NAACP, Negro Medical Aid Society, and the Federation of Civic Associations used its meeting rooms, while its heated swimming pool was used by several churches for baptism, in addition to temporal pleasure by others. The Y's original fifty-four sleeping rooms provided comfortable accommodations for many including Howard University students. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-361)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 3, 1983
Reference number
83003523
NR name
Bowen, Anthony, YMCA
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Other architectural type; 2nd Renaisaance Revival
Area of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Civic
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
1908; 1912

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