The George Washington University, founded in 1821 and rooted in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood since 1912, combines the resources of a major international research university with the unique dynamics of a vibrant, urban setting in the heart of the nation's capital. The university values the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods of which it is a part - and recognizes that a thriving community is a key component of the GW experience for those who study, teach, research, and work here.
In December 2016, the George Washington University reached an agreement with developer Boston Properties to redevelop 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue and Rice Hall (2121 Eye Street) into a new investment property featuring trophy commercial office and retail space. Under the agreement, the buildings will be redeveloped by Boston Properties under a long-term ground lease with the university.
This photo show the removal of the existing roof at the courtyard/atrium. This is how the original building was constructed in 1929. The roof was added in the 1960’s to enclose the Basement. The new courtyard with landscaping and seating will be reconstructed in this location and will be accessible from the 1st Floor. The new dining hall will be below with skylights for natural light.