A cross-section rendering of the planned Institute for Contemporary Expression

The vacant Franklin School on 13th Street NW will become an art museum after that proposal was selected by the city today over three competing bids.

The Institute for Contemporary Expression, led by art collector Dani Levinas, submitted one of four proposals for the ornate, crumbling 1869 building last year. The proposal promised a contemporary arts center and “international cultural destination.” According to the city’s announcement today, the Institute for Contemporary Expression will rehabilitate the building and use it as an “exhibit space for contemporary art, sculpture, installations, and performances.” The space will also include a restaurant, cafe, and arts bookstore.

“With the completion of this selection process we are now a step closer to revitalizing Franklin School and giving it a new life,” Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins said in a statement. “It will create new jobs and provide educational and mentoring programs as well as new retail amenities. It will also create a new destination and tourist attraction in synergy with Franklin Square Park.”

Hoskins’ office selected this proposal over bids from Douglas Development, the CoStar Group, and Lowe Enterprises.

Renderings from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

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