The Whitelaw (Then & Now)

The Whitelaw (Then & Now)

The Whitelaw apartments on 13th & T Streets NW.

The Whitelaw apartments on 13th & T Streets NW.

Today, the Whitelaw–located in DC’s Shaw neighborhood–functions as low-to-moderate income housing .  But when it opened in 1919, it was the city’s first luxury hotel for African Americans.  In its heyday, the Whitelaw attracted top, black celebrities like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Joe Lewis.


The Whitelaw Hotel in the 1920's

The Whitelaw Hotel in the 1920's

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