Publication Date

April 20, 2020

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities, From the Editor

The AHA TownhouseThe AHA has moved back to our townhouse at 400 A Street SE, but the construction continues around us—suddenly an easier situation now that our staff is teleworking during the COVID-19 outbreak. We promise a full photo spread in the fall after the renovation is complete, the building has been painted, and the landscaping is finished. But here we provide a teaser.

Accessibility was a major motivation of the renovation. The new entrance on the ground floor, equipped with a ramp, will allow all AHA members access to the building. You can also see the sample paints that we tested for the outside of the building. Unfortunately, we cannot remember which of those colors we settled on, so you’ll have to wait for those fall photos.

Ramp leading to main entrance.

Previously, the AHA didn’t have a space large enough to accommodate Council and committee meetings here at the townhouse. We couldn’t even fit the entire AHA staff around a table. With the new conference room on the ground floor, we can gather now for both meetings and casual lunches. Since public health officials discourage gatherings of more than 10 people, this space is waiting for our return.

New conference room.

Sustainability has also been a priority in the renovation. With the installation of solar panels on the townhouse roof, the AHA will offset much of our energy needs. The panels are going online just as we all move to work from home, so the reduction in both environmental impact and cost will be truly worthwhile.

Solar panels on roof.

Typically, I would end this missive by encouraging AHA members to come visit our lovely new offices. We look forward to seeing you in the future, after the shelter-in-place declarations have lifted and travel is permitted again. And if you’re reading this, go wash your hands. Can’t hurt.

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Laura Ansley
Laura Ansley

American Historical Association