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Shaw: Then and Now—Presentation Shows What Today's Shaw Looked Like in Past, 06/30/21!

Shaw: Then and Now

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 12:00 PM


[Photo Credits: Black and White photo: DC History Center; Color Photo: Alexander M. Padro]

Washington, DC’s historic Shaw neighborhood has seen dramatic changes in the past two decades. Many residents and visitors only know today’s Shaw. But what did the neighborhood look like in decades past? What did buildings that now are home to popular bars and restaurants look like back in the day? What stood where new housing and contemporary landmarks like the Walter E. Washington Convention Center are today? And what familiar places still look just like ‘Duke’ Ellington knew them?

Come take a virtual stroll through the past with Shaw historian and Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro and discover Shaw’s past through historic and contemporary photographs and hear how historic preservation helped transform a riot-scarred neighborhood into one of DC’s most popular places to live, work, shop, play, pray and learn.

Presented by the DC Preservation League as part of the celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

FREE. Advance registration required. Go to for more information and to register.