Shaw is centrally located in the Northwest quadrant of DC. This neighborhood is served by the Shaw-Howard University Metro station and several bus lines and is convenient to 395 as well. Shaw offers a down to earth vibe and a “college town” atmosphere thanks in part to nearby Howard University.

Shaw History

Shaw is steeped in history. It developed from freed slave encampments outside Washington City, then known as “Uptown.” It was then renamed in the Urban Renewal era when the local Junior High School was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Shaw thrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the heart of African American intellectualism and culture. Its notable residents have included Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Malcolm X.

Shaw Real Estate

Shaw real estate is characterized by classic 19th century Victorian-style row houses painted in a wide variety of colors.

Shaw Community

Shaw is home to a Sunday farmer’s market and the historic DC Landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Shaw Entertainment

Shaw remains a cultural hub as it is home to the Lincoln Theater, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the famed 9:30 Club. The African American Civil War Museum, which honors the contributions of the more than 200,000 members of the United States Colored Troops, is also found in Shaw.

Shaw Favorites

Start your evening at the The Dabney with one of its signature small plates and cocktails. Top off your meal with a Floating Island from Convivial, made with poached meringue, crème anglaise, and caramelized almonds.



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