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The Franklin School, located at 13th & K Street NW, was designed by Adolph Cluss in 1869. Franklin was the grandest building of all the schools, meant to house not only all grades at the time, but the offices of the Superintendent (this office created in 1869) and the Board of Trustees (Education).The very dirty exterior of Franklin was restored in 1992, but the interior remains largely as it was when the building was closed decades ago.

2009 Plans to transform the Franklin School into a home for one or more charter schools have failed, according to a District government official.

The Franklin School, a historic landmark located in the heart of downtown, had most recently served as a 400-person men's homeless shelter. Mayor Fenty abruptly closed the shelter in September 2008, pledging to establish new transitional housing for the homeless and rely on smaller temporary emergency shelters, a noble and worthy goal. The Franklin School has remained vacant since that time.

Posted by Guest on Fri 26 Feb 2010 09:42:16 PM UTC

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