African American Civil War Museum

Jair Lynch managed the relocation and expansion of the African-American Civil War Museum to the historic Grimke School Building in the U Street corridor of Washington, DC. The African-American Civil War Memorial, the first national monument built in a DC neighborhood rather than on the Mall, sits above the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station. With a mission to educate about the African American experience during the Civil War, the museum includes new expanded and interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art genealogy lab, and a stage for live action performances. This project required substantial political capital to secure financing and entitlement approvals. Jair Lynch negotiated a long-term lease agreement for the museum with the District and grant financing from the DC City Council via DC Public Libraries. The actual development program required a complete gut renovation and building system upgrade to a historic building located in a larger historic district. As a result, the museum was subject to historic design review and extensive museum exhibit design process. Jair Lynch is proud to deliver a robust and quality museum that portrays the significant role African Americans played in the war that won their freedom.

1923 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

  • Type: Nonprofit & Special Purpose
  • Cost: $2.7 million
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Walkscore: 97