Officials from the District of Columbia, family members and former coworkers of Allen Y. Lew and Events DC took part in a ceremony today officially changing Mount Vernon Place to Allen Y. Lew Place.
“From schools to ball parks to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Allen served the people of Washington, DC in so many ways,” said Events DC President and CEO Angie M. Gates. “Mr. Lew’s contributions have paved the way for change, just as this street renaming will represent his legacy in our community for future generations to come.”
Lew, the late DC city administrator, was instrumental in building the Convention Center, Nationals Park baseball stadium, Audi Field and countless other projects in the District. A New York City native, Lew served under three different DC mayors.
He began his career in New York City, helping to build the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and oversaw capital programs for New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. In 1996, Lew moved to Washington, DC to build the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and later became the chief executive of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, which later merged with the Convention Authority to become Events DC.
The Convention Center and Events DC’s business address is now 801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW, Washington, DC 20001.