Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Historic DC site to become contemporary art museum

By: The Associated Press
February 4, 2014 Updated: February 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm
0

WASHINGTON (AP) — A historic downtown Washington building where telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell once conducted experiments could become a contemporary art museum under a plan announced by District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray.

On Monday, the city selected developer EastBanc Inc. and the Institute for Contemporary Expression to rehabilitate and reuse the historic Franklin School building. The site is a National Historic Landmark designed by Smithsonian architect Adolph Cluss and built in 1869 as the city's flagship public school.

The development team plans to restore the exterior and interior details and create an exhibit space for art, sculpture and performances. Plans call a ground-floor restaurant by chef Jose Andres and a bookstore. The rehabilitation cost could run from $15 million to more than $30 million.

The building has been vacant for years.

Comment Policy
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.