Fighting for Franklin School
By Lucinda P. Janke
Regarding the Feb. 21 Local Opinions commentary “Back to basics at the Franklin School,” on the fate of the District landmark designed by architect Adolf Cluss:
As a member of the Victorian Society, which has a long relationship with Cluss’s Sumner School, and a longtime Capitol Hill resident who wishes Cluss’s award-winning Wallach School still stood across from his Eastern Market, I applaud the efforts of the Coalition for Franklin School to preserve the building and its historic role. The loss of so many buildings designed by this significant Victorian Washington architect is tragic. His Sumner School is a superb example of historic preservation via a public-private partnership as well as adaptive use.
Surely a better use of the Franklin than a “boutique hotel,” never mind myriad recent uses — or non-use — can be devised.
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