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Annual Spring Fundraiser at the Historic Uline Arena
May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join members and friends of the DC Preservation League at the Historic Uline Arena to celebrate our crucial role as the leading advocate for the preservation and protection of the irreplaceable historic resources of the District of Columbia. Revenue raised from tickets and sponsorships bolsters DCPL’s advocacy efforts to protect Washington’s historic and cultural resources from demolition or ill-advised alteration, and helps underwrite outreach and educational programming throughout our community.
The Uline Arena was built in 1939-40 and was hailed as “a triumph in concrete.” When complete, the arena was the first thin-shell concrete building erected in Washington and one of the first in the country. Roberts & Schaefer, a Chicago engineering firm designed the structure using its exclusive U.S. patent rights to the innovative German “Zeiss-Dywidag” system of reinforced concrete roofing. The vaulted roof allowed for a 140- by 270-foot unobstructed interior space that accommodated the largest indoor hockey rink in the country. Built for ice sports, it was immediately adapted for boxing and musical events, and then for professional basketball, tennis, wrestling, and “midget” auto racing. Like many other public accommodations in Washington at the time, the arena’s events were racially segregated, except for matches involving black boxers.
During World War II, local chapters of the NAACP encouraged a boycott of the arena. After the war, the campaign resumed for more than a year until Mr. Miguel Uline relented and integrated the facility in 1948. Ironically, as Washington Coliseum, the arena subsequently became an important venue for African-American cultural and political events. Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad and his disciple, Malcolm X, spoke there in 1959 and 1961. And in the 1980s, it was most notably the home to performances of Washington’s indigenous Go-Go music. It is also remembered as the site of the first United States concert by The Beatles in 1964. The arena was designated a DC Landmark in 2006.
In 2016, the Uline Arena and Ice House were adaptively reused as a mixed-use, office and retail complex. Click here to watch a video documentary of the history of the Arena.
Sponsorships starting at $500.
Sponsors (as of 4/05)
Shalom Baranes Associates
Howard S. Berger
Eric Colbert & Associates PC
Forest City Washington
Greenstein DeLorme & Luchs, P.C.
Grossberg, Yochelson, Fox & Beyda, LLP
The Haggerty Foundation
McCullough Construction, LLC
Geoffrey Roth and Sergio Abarca Fuente
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Wagner Roofing Company
Juliet Zucker, Long & Foster Real Estate
BELL Architects, PC
John DeFerrari and Susan Decker
Federal City Caterers, Inc.
Grunley Construction Company, Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP
National Trust Community Investment Corporation
Oak Hill Preservation Foundation
Joe and Carol Shull
David M. Schwarz Architects
JM Zell Partners, Ltd.
Sanders and Sally Berk
Fred Klein and Andrew Dolinsky
David T. Haresign, FAIA
Darwina Neal, FASLA
Evelyn and Bob Wrin