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Ironically, in this all-white enclave was found the work of DC‟s most productive African American architect, Lewis W. Giles, Sr. His 1930s designs are throughout Fairlawn, but concentrated on the 1400 block of 18th Place, and the 1600 block of Minnesota Avenue.

1400 block of 18th Place, SE, Lewis Giles, architect. (Google Maps)

Harvey Baxter was the architect for the subdivision called Fairlawn Village. Constructed between 1938 and 1940, as one of the largest FHA-insured low cost single family housing projects in the Washington area. These homes are found mostly along Good Hope, S, T, U, 18th and 19th Streets in the 1800, 1900 and 2000 blocks.

1800 Block of T Place, SE, Harvey Baxter architect. (Google Maps)

Fairlawn‟s first public school was Benjamin G. Orr Elementary School. Named after the fourth mayor of Washington, DC and built for white students in 1902, it was located on Prout Street, at the corner of 22nd Street. It was later demolished and replaced. The new Orr, erected in 1974 to accommodate the increased student population, was constructed at the corner of 22nd and Minnesota Avenue.

Old Orr School (DC Historic Preservation Office)

7 FAIRLAWN: From the Flats to the Heights

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