Deanwood, a leafy, single-family neighborhood at the edge of the District, is a historically African American community with a rich history and culture.
Notable historic elements of the neighborhood include the Nannie Helen Burroughs School, The Strand Theatre, and Suburban Gardens, one of the first black-owned amusement parks, as well as famous residents such as Marvin Gaye.
Starting in the early 2000’s, the city made significant investments in Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue’s Great Streets Initiative improvements, realizing its transformation from a suburban arterial into a vibrant, mixed-use Main Street.
Other major public investments include the new Deanwood Community Center and Library, Marvin Gaye Park and the new H.D. Woodson High School.
For almost two decades, Torti Gallas has been committed to the transformation of the Deanwood neighborhood, working with community groups, local stakeholders and city agencies in several public/private mixed-use, mixed-income projects that are providing low and affordable housing units and new retail, educational and community uses.
This proactive community development effort, supported by the city’s New Communities Initiative in partnership with both for-profit and non-profit developers, has created 170 replacement low-income housing units in advance of anticipated resident relocations that will arise from the neighborhood revitalizations of the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings public housing communities.
This ensemble of projects was strategically developed to serve as a catalyst for economic mobility and growth in the Deanwood neighborhood.
Together, these projects have breathed new life into Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, Deanwood’s mixed-use Main Street, and created a wide range of new housing, commercial, and community opportunities.
This proactive community development effort, supported by the city’s New Communities Initiative in partnership with both for-profit and non-profit developers, is creating replacement low-income housing units in advance of anticipated resident relocations that will arise from the neighborhood revitalizations of the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings public housing communities.
Torti Gallas’ commitment to the neighborhood goes well beyond our urban design and architectural contribution and includes the myriad of long-term stakeholder relationships we have built, and the knowledge of the community’s hopes and dreams for the future, which we are committed to seeing realized.
The Nannie Helen at 4800:
Winner of a 2015 Built by Women Award
Residences at Hayes:
Gold Award Winner 2019 Professional Builder; Finalist, 2019 NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award in the Best Affordable Development Category
Located on the Historic Site of Nannie Helen Burroughs School for Colored Women
Deanwood Town Center:
Bringing much needed retail and more