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The Nelson Good House

Metro with Brookland sign in background

In 2006, WCSC moved to a fully remodeled facility located in the Brookland Neighborhood of Washington, DC. Only a 10-minute walk from a Metro station, this once four-unit apartment building is now our happy home.


There’s a full modern kitchen, washer/dryer, dining and living room areas, a versatile multi-purpose room for seminar course, recreation, library, and guest lodging for small field trip groups. The house is handicap accessible, and a bus that stops in front of the house will take you to the metro station.

Students have access to two computers, a printer and two bikes. Students may also bring their own computers.

We encourage you to leave the car at home and use city and take public transportation, walk or bike. If you do bring your vehicle, though, there are three student parking spaces behind the Nelson Good house. You may also be asked to use your car for the weekly grocery shopping trip. Additional parking is available on side streets.

Other features:

  • Excellent public transportation access, reducing dependence on cars
  • Cross-cultural setting in a predominately African American neighborhood of low to middle income families
  • Walking distance to restaurants, shops, an organic grocery store, and a public recreational center with free swimming pool access for WCSC students
  • 5,000 square feet of finished space
  • In-town location with easy connections to most internships and universities and to DC’s cultural centers, including ethnically diverse neighborhoods
  • Close to Trinity University, where many WCSC students attend classes
  • Space for up to 15 students
  • Energy-efficient heating and air conditioning

About Nelson Good

The new facility was dedicated to Nelson Good (EMU ’68, Sociology), whose involvement with WCSC is legendary. Founder of the program, he was the director for many years and returned to the program as a member of the advisory board. When current director Kim Schmidt and former co-director Doug Hertzler began talking about the current house’s limitations, their vision for an expanded facility and their worries about the current real estate market, Nelson came to them saying that this was a nut he would like to crack.

As he was providing voluntary leadership for the project – from finding the building to gathering the architectural and construction teams, to working with the development office – he was diagnosed with cancer. Nelson passed away in the months before the new facility’s dedication.