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Franklin School

Washington, District of Columbia
County of District of Columbia.
National Register Number: 73002085
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Threatened in
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 19, 1996):
The Franklin School was the flagship building of a group of seven , modern urban public school buildings constructed between 1862-1875 to house, for the first time, a comprehensive system of free universal public education in the capital of the Republic. It was hoped that this new public school system would serve as a model for the nation as the need to provide equal educational opportunities for all Americans was finally recognized as essential to the survival of a democratic society.

The District of Columbia has been using this landmark as a homeless shelter for approximately three years. The interior of the building is in poor condition and has been further compromised due to the inappropriate use.

The District government is planning to sell the building. The new owners will restore the interior. Students from the Corcoran School of Art have reproduced on canvas the mural that is in the building and deteriorating rapidly, as a documentation record in case it is lost.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
A new condition assessment should be done. The last one is nearly ten years old.

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