The Miner Building was originally constructed in 1913. The building was designed by Washington architect, Leon E. Dessez, under the supervision of Municipal Architect Snowden Ashford and named for Miss Myrtilla Miner (1815-1864), an educator who fought for the rights of Black teachers and students. The program was a major source of teachers and administrators for the segregated public schools in Washington, D.C. and other southern communities. There was a notably robust community of abolitionists and advocates for educational equality i.e., Johns Hopkins who was a philanthropic supporter of the Normal School. The Miner Building was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. This building housed the literal genesis of Black K-12 educators in Washington, D.C. The connection and acknowledgement of this history and legacy is part of what makes the redevelopment program unique.