Is history changing hands in Georgetown?
Yet another historic school building in Georgetown may be converted away from its original purpose if reports are true that the Corcoran Gallery of Art has sold the Fillmore School to real estate developer EastBanc Inc.
The building, at 1801 35th St. NW, is used by the Corcoran College of Art and Design for classroom and gallery space. The Corcoran bought the property from the District in 1998 after the building was declared to be surplus. While no details of the transaction have been made public (neither party responded to my inquiries) the likely outcome would be for EastBanc to convert the building into condos.
At one time Georgetown was home to no fewer than eight active elementary schools. Besides the Fillmore School, one has been demolished (the Curtis School), one has been converted to commercial use (the Corcoran School [no connection to the Corcoran Gallery of Art other than being named after the same person]), two have been converted to condos (the Wormley School and the Phillips School), one has been converted to artists' studios (the Jackson School), and two are still used by the D.C. Public Schools (the Hyde School and the Addison School).
Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . 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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