Is contemporary art the best use for the Franklin School?

February 3

D.C. economic development officials have selected a bid to turn the Franklin School building into a modern art center that will host temporary exhibitions.

The plan comes from a prominent collector, Dani Levinas; developer EastBanc will turn the former school into the museum. It will include a ground-floor restaurant by Jose Andres, Jonathan O’Connell reported at The Post.

Levinas’ bid won out over proposals to turn the building into a boutique hotel, by Douglas Development; a technology start-up center; and offices for the company CoStar.

A flexible arts space, known as a “kunsthalle,” is something many arts organizations in D.C. had asked for. Leaders of the Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum noted that many arts organizations don’t have enough flexible space for temporary installations.

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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