City Paper is not for tourists
The Washington D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects is moving into new digs soon—that stretch of storefronts on 7th Street in Penn Quarter you might have noticed with construction about to begin inside. The District Architecture Center, which will show off D.C.’s contemporary architectural prowess and house the Alliance Francaise on the ground floor, needs $1.5 million to build out the space. So far they’ve only got a third of that. The sale of their current headquarters on Church Street NW—under contract for $1.6 million, down $200,000 from the list price—will allow them to finish construction, but they’d still like to replace that for operating costs down the line.
To move you to donate, they’ve put together a little video tour of the new space. They’re really excited about it. (Just count the number of times executive director Mary Fitch says so).