Franklin School – Interior

963 13th St, NW

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The Franklin School was designed by prominent architect Adolph Cluss and completed in 1869. Its clearly visible location on Franklin Square in a prestigious, residential neighborhood was meant to draw the attention of Congress and the nation to its housing of both the administrative and educational facilities of a school district under one roof. Franklin School is one of eleven buildings in Washington, DC with an interior landmark designation. The building is currently unoccupied and windows have been broken and boarded up. The building is unheated, which has contributed to the deterioration of the interior finishes including plaster and wood trim. The lack of use and maintenance threatens the condition of currently well-preserved frescos on the third floor. The site is presently in the process of being adaptively used as a linguistics museum.

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