Two properties bordering the Wisconsin Avenue campus of Sidwell Friends School recently became available for purchase. These two locations—the Washington Home on Upton Street NW and the Fannie Mae building at 3939 Wisconsin Avenue—offer the School an unprecedented opportunity to unify its two campuses and enhance the presence of Quaker education in Washington, DC.
The Sidwell Friends Board of Trustees signed an agreement to buy the Washington Home property in September 2015. This purchase would potentially allow the School to have all students and teachers, PK–12, on a single campus for the first time since 1963, when the Lower School moved to Bethesda.
In September 2016, the Board of Trustees agreed to purchase 3939 Wisconsin Avenue from Fannie Mae. This property, which the School had previously owned but sold in 1945, will be leased back to Fannie Mae for at least two years.
The School has launched a strategic planning process to gather input from the School community and neighbors about the future of the two sites. Plans for the use of the properties are in development and are contingent on philanthropic support.
Aerial view of Sidwell Friends, showing the Washington Home and 3939 Wisconsin sites.