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NEW DATE - Tour: Black Broadway Run Tour

This 3.5-mile tour from Columbia Heights to Shaw will give runners an active and engaging experience focused on the visionaries, businesses, and entertainment venues that shaped “Black Broadway,” and how the pride and dignity born out of this neighborhood helped to bridge racial divides. Learn about Howard University and its role in educating notable African American professionals who became leading figures in U Street’s thriving entertainment scene. Encounter musical inspiration by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and DC’s very own jazz legend Duke Ellington.

Note: This tour is designed for runners with all experience levels and will be conducted at an easy pace with built-in stops. Dress appropriately and bring water to hydrate. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.

Special Notice: 

This tour is limited to 5 attendees plus one guide. Walk-ups without reservation will not be permitted and there will be no waitlist should any attendee cancel their reservation due to illness or suspected symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. Participants who cancel will be refunded.

All participants are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation requests that all participants avoid physical contact with others, bring their own hand sanitizer and bottled water, and practice social distancing of at least six feet between participants at all times.

By participating in this tour, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, acknowledge that such matters are beyond the control of AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation, and agree to abide by our safety guidelines for this tour.


Presented by: Richard Lyew, AIA, NOMA

Organized by: studio lyew


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe architectural styles of historic buildings used over the course of a century starting in the 1860s, including some of the noted African-American architects behind them;
  • Describe the adaptive reuse of historic theaters and a hotel to current business and affordable housing uses;
  • Identify civic leaders who played roles in revolutionizing education and business on the Howard University campus and U Street; and
  • Identify historic U Street music venues and discuss noted events in the trajectory of jazz music in the District.

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