GM started hearing rumors a week ago about the possible sale of the historic Fillmore School building. On Friday, he heard it confirmed from reliable sources that the building was in fact sold.
The building at 1801 35th St. was built in 1892 and named after our last Whig president, Millard Fillmore. It was surplussed by the District in 1998 and bought by the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Corcoran has since then used the property for classes and gallery space.
Word has spread that the Corcoran has sold the building to EastBanc. GM reached out to both the Corcoran and EastBanc, but neither responded to emailed inquires.
The rumor is that EastBanc intends to convert the building to condos (a plan that hasn’t worked out that well at the Wormley School). The property is zoned for R-3, which doesn’t permit apartment buildings, so by GM’s reasoning an appeal to the BZA would be necessary.
GM thinks it’s more than a bit sad for yet another historic Georgetown school building to cease operating as a school building. Perhaps there is no economically viable use for the building besides condos, but GM hopes EastBanc at least consider the possibility of leasing it out to a public charter school.
Update: Turns out that the Corcoran already issued a press release confirming the sale of the building to EastBanc.