September 2006

Potomac House Joins Roster of New GW Residence Halls

Potomac House opens its doors to freshmen this fall.

A new 100,000-square-foot residence hall will be home to 379 freshmen this fall. Located at 2021 F St., NW, Potomac House is the fifth newly constructed residence hall on the University’s Foggy Bottom Campus since 1997 when New Hall opened.

“The opening of Potomac House further demonstrates GW’s commitment to deliver on our pledge to provide a first-rate, on-campus living and learning environment for our undergraduates,” says GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. “Our unique classroom, campus, and city experience reaffirms each day that GW is in and of Washington, D.C.”

The name Potomac House was elected to celebrate the Native Americans of the Washington area. The Potomac was an important tribe of the Powhatan, who lived on the river in Virginia. The 10-story, co-ed residence hall will accommodate most students in four-person suites of two double rooms with a shared bathroom. Some two-person suites will also be available. Potomac House boasts a community room with a kitchen facility on the lower level; a laundry facility; study rooms on the first and second floors; and cable TV connections in every room along with individual Internet and phone lines for each student.

A new food service venue, Carvings, located on the first floor of Potomac House, will feature deli sandwiches along with a hot and cold buffet. Similar to dining venues in Ivory Tower, the 1,300-square-foot Carvings will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Colonial Cash will be accepted, and the dining facility will also be open to the community. Art and culture will be central to life at Potomac House under a new GW Housing Programs initiative, which is organizing residence halls by theme. At Potomac House, students interested in visual art, creative writing, performing arts, culinary art, art history, and ethnic diversity and cultural exploration will be able to live and interact in an artistic community and immerse themselves in the great variety of culture and arts that Washington, D.C., has to offer.

The opening of Potomac House also helps GW ensure compliance with on-campus housing requirements specified in the University’s Foggy Bottom Campus Plan. Since 1999, GW has added nearly 2,500 beds to the Foggy Bottom Campus, including those in Potomac House, Ivory Tower, Townhouse Row, and 1959 E Street.

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