Marjorie Webster Junior College Historic District

1638 and 1640 Kalmia Road , NW; 7753 and 7775 17th Street, NW

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Marjorie Webster Junior College Historic District

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The Marjorie Webster Junior College meets National Register criteria A and Cat the local level of significance. The Marjorie Webster campus is significant under Criterion A as the site of the Marjorie Webster School and Junior College, a private institution which functioned on the site from 1928 unti1 1971. The Marjorie Webster School was an early example of a private educational institution which focused on the educational needs of working women. Throughout its fifty-one years of existence, the Webster School provided instruction in the career fields open to women, growing its educational focus to keep pace with the times. While conventional -business schools- in the District of Columbia taught specific skills like typing or stenography, the Marjorie Webster program provided more academic depth and breadth by offering liberal arts classes in addition to technical instruction. The school provided classes for both non-resident -day- students, who tended to be employed, as well as a residential program more typical of a four-year college. The Marjorie Webster School and Junior College was also an important influence on the development of women's athletics in the District of Columbia. Founded as -The Marjorie Webster School of Expression and Physical Education,- it offered pioneering training in the administration of women's recreation programs and athletics.

Posted to the NRHP 2-24-2014

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  • August 22, 2014: Added by Dave King

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