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Campus Master Planning/Building Expansion

Identifier: LCA-02-14

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, contracts, leases, drawings, project manuals, and related materials primarily concerning the current Law Center site at 600 New Jersey Avenue, the Law Center's home since 1971. The collection is especially strong at documenting acquisition of the properties which now make up the Law Center Campus. For individual building projects, the data varies: nothing for Hotung and the Fitness Center; other buildings (McDonough, Williams Library, Gewirz Student Center) are documented to varying degrees.

There is no material on the development of the site at 506 E Street NW, home of the Law Center from 1891 to 1971. The collection does include material on disposition of the E Street property following the Law Center's move to New Jersey Avenue -- for many years the site was leased to a variety of tenants. The Law Center no longer owns the E Street location.


  • 1950s - ca. 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Open only to the Dean of the Law Center or his/her designee.

Biographical / Historical

1979: Dean David McCarthy appoints a committee to consider and make recommendations regarding expansion of the school's facilities. Spring 1981: Committee selected and the University appointed the firm of Hartman-Cox of Washington, DC as the architects for the Law Center Expansion Project. March 1984: Committee's first formal report recommends the adddition of 240,124 usable square feet of new space to the Law Center. November 1984: Plan presented to the Executive Committee of the Board of the Directors calls for the building of an additional 84,323 net square feet of space, primarily for a library. The plan called for the construction of a new library on the north block (now Williams Library), closing of G Street between McDonough and the library building, construction of new student life space as an interconnecting link beneath G Street between McDonough and the library, and extensive remodeling of McDonough to accommodate clinics and other departments. The District of Columbia withheld approval of the University's application to close G. Street based on alleged non-compliance with the DC Human Rights Statute arising from the Gay Rights case. The plan from 1984 was altered so as not to rely on closing of the street. The interconnecting link was abandoned and the library was planned as a free-standing structure. In addition, the project was divided into phases. Phase 1 was the construction of Williams Library; Phases 2 and 3 consisted of renovations and expansion to McDonough Hall. April 1989 Dedication of Williams Library June 1989: University receives approval to close G. Street April 1993: Opening of Gewirz Student Center September 2004: Opening of Ginsburg Sport and Fitness Center October 2004: Opening of Hotung International Law Building


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Arranged into subgroups corresponding to a particular expansion project.

Related Materials

Record groups with related material: Law Center Building Committee (LCA.02.12.03, unprocessed); Library (LCA.05.10); Files of Deans Areen (L.A.02.02.AREEN) and Aleninikoff (LCA.02.02.ALEINIKOFF, Box 3). For published stories related to campus expansion, see articles in Georgetown Law Magazine: "Law Center Builds for the Global Era" (Fall 2002, p.15-30); Ann w. Parks, "The Capital Connection: The Power of Place at Georgetown Law" (Spring/Summer 2008, p.18-29); William Beverly, Kelly Cresap, and Greg Langlois, "A Campus Transformed: Georgetown Law Opens the Sport and Fitness Center and the Eric E. Hotung International Law Center Building" (Spring/Summer 2005, p. 13-19)
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Repository Details

Part of the Law Center Archives Repository

Georgetown University Law Library
111 G. Street NW
Washington D.C. 20001