Posts Tagged ‘Franklin School’

Five Big Projects in Flux as Bowser Reviews Development Awards

Bowser is reviewing, and in at least one case scrapping, development awards issued by her predecessor.

Historic Franklin School Will Become an Art Museum

The vacant Franklin School on 13th Street NW will become an art museum after that proposal was selected by the city today over three competing bids.
The Institute for Contemporary Expression, led by art collector Dani Levinas, submitted one of four proposals for the ornate, crumbling 1869 building last year. The proposal promised a contemporary arts center and "international [...]

This Is How the Franklin School Could Soon Look

Over the past century and a half, the Franklin School on 13th Street NW has served as a school, a homeless shelter, an Occupy D.C. staging ground, and a near-hotel twice. Now we can take a look at four possibilities for the next incarnation of the ornate, crumbling 1869 downtown building.
On Oct. 30, the four [...]

City Announces Not-So-Short List of Developers for Franklin School

Four developers have been invited to submit proposals to redevelop the Franklin School, a gorgeous but crumbling building with a prime downtown address on Franklin Square.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins just released the short list of developers for the project, and it's exactly as long as the previous list, consisting of the [...]

Franklin School Draws Interest From Four Developers

The Franklin School isn't the easiest property to develop. The gorgeous 1869 building has a central location on 13th Street NW, but it has the potential to scare off developers in several ways. First, it's crumbling. Second, both the exterior and parts of the interior have a historic designation, meaning that developers can't significantly alter [...]

Slideshow: Franklin School Presents Challenges for Would-Be Developers

After years of neglect, two failed attempts to develop it, and a stint as a homeless shelter, the Franklin School is ready for development. At least that's what city officials are hoping. Earlier this month, the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued a request for qualifications for the 1869 building [...]

For Franklin School, Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

A gorgeous old building at a desirable address ought to be a developer's dream. But the vacant 1869 Franklin School at 13th and K streets NW has so far proven a headache for administration after administration. Today, after a couple of failed attempts to return it to productive use, the city has issued a call [...]

Historic Building Will Sit Empty When Parks Department Leaves

Fancy digs no longer!

The Victorian mansion at 16th and Lamont Street NW, now surrounded by playfields, was never used for its original purpose. Back in the late 1920s, when everyone had three names, the grand dame of Meridian Hill, Mary Foote Henderson, commissioned noted Washington architect George Oakley Totten to build a residence that would [...]

Occupy Lead and Asbestos-Laden Buildings!

On Saturday, members of Occupy DC—sort of, given that the action wasn't approved in a General Assembly—snuck into the vacant Franklin School at 13th and K Street NW, protesting the fact that it had been unused since the city closed a homeless shelter there in 2008. Before they were hauled out, one told me that [...]

Occupiers Take Over Franklin School

At 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, an indeterminate number of people entered the historic Franklin School at 13th and K Street NW to protest the 2008 closure of a homeless shelter in the building. As of this posting, police are still trying to figure out how to oust them. Watch a livestream here.
The building has been [...]