Dear Park Neighbors and Other Interested Parties:
Pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Park Service (NPS) seeks public input regarding planning underway to stabilize and rehabilitate the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site at 1538 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC and the adjacent buildings at 1540 and 1542 9th Street NW. Section 106 is the process by which federal agencies take into account the effect of their undertakings upon historic properties listed on, or eligible for listing on, the National Register of Historic Places. We have developed a DRAFT Memorandum of Agreement between the National Park Service and the District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office regarding the stabilization, rehabilitation, and management of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site and will be collecting public comments on this project starting August 3, 2012 and ending on August 31, 2012. This public input period provides an additional opportunity for the public to comment on the project.
Once completed, the Woodson Home will be operated as a historic house museum as described under Option 1 in the General Management Plan (GMP) dated January, 2012 (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkHome.cfm?parkID=469
, and accessed by clicking the Document List tab) and the adjacent properties will provide visitor support facilities and office space. The project will be completed in several phases. Prior to Phase 1, stabilization work will be required due to the accelerated structural deterioration which has occurred at the Historic Site, possibly caused by the August 2011 earthquake. The stabilization will include localized repairs and pinning of the front façade of the Woodson Home and the rear wall of 1540. It will include the reconstruction of the front façade of 1540 and the "ell" wall at the rear of 1538, reusing original materials to the greatest extent possible. Character-defining features will be preserved during the stabilization and all subsequent phases of work wherever possible.
Generally, Phase 1 will focus on the restoration of the front façade of the Woodson Home and the rehabilitation of the exterior envelop of the Historic Site, with limited preservation work inside the Woodson Home. Phase 2 will complete the interior preservation of the Woodson Home as well as the interior rehabilitation of the two adjacent properties. The rehabilitated properties will house exhibit space and restrooms, an elevator and wheelchair lift for universal accessibility throughout the Site, code compliant egress stairs, and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems which will serve all three buildings. Phase 3 will include the installation of exhibitions and historic furnishings.
The proposed rehabilitation would result in adverse effects to the national historic site. In accordance with Section 106 the NPS is negotiating a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, to resolve the adverse effects associated with the proposed rehabilitation and help guide the implementation of the project.
At this time the NPS is providing an opportunity for the public to express their views on both the proposed rehabilitation and the draft MOA being developed. Thank you for your continued interest in Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site and we look forward to getting your written feedback.
Joy G. Kinard, Ph.D.
Central District Manager-National Capital Parks-East
National Park Service
1318 Vermont Ave., N.W.