I HAVE HEARD from individuals familiar with the Peace Corps that the convenient three Headquarter buildings that the Peace Corps has enjoyed for all of their existence — some 56 + plus years —will soon be history. The agency will move before the end of the year to the far southwest of the District, out close to the Beltway. The Peace Corps will also likely be sharing a building with another government agency. No longer will the Peace Corps have a footprint in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.
The first Peace Corps HQ was at 806 Connecticut Ave across from Lafayette Park and with views of the White House. It was called the Maiatico Building and immortalized in a famous Washington Post photograph showing how the Peace Corps was working far into the night to launch the new agency.
The second building was at 1990 K Street NW. I am not sure who was the director at the time, but I believe it was Loret Ruppe. The third (and final HQ building) is a couple blocks away at 1111 20th Street NW. The move to this new building was made by Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan.
The federal government will not pay the high rents demanded by the real estate market in the center of D.C. Also, I’m told, the current HQ needs extensive repairs and upgrades that the government won’t pay for, so say goodbye to the building, the Shriver Room, and all of our memories, plus the convenience of great restaurants, bars, hotels, and tourist sites.