Client The George Washington University

George Washington University, Corcoran School of Fine Arts

Washington, DC

As the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design is transitioned into GW's Cikybian College of Arts and Sciences, the historic Corcoran Building is being restored and renovated into a 21st century teaching and museum space for a variety of fine arts and design programs.

Established as an art school in 1878, the Corcoran's home was built in 1887 across from the White House. Designed by Ernest Flagg and expanded in 1928 by Charles Adams Platt, the building has housed both public galleries and the school under one roof - continuing a Beaux Arts education into the modern day.

While the National Gallery of Art has taken ownership of the art collection and will continue holding public exhibitions in the second floor galleries, the rest of the building is being updated or converted for use as classrooms, art labs, student galleries, and faculty and administration space.

Currently in the early stages of Phase I, the goals for this two-phase project include repairing and restoring the building's infrastructure and envelope, updating fire and life safety, providing museum-quality systems to protect the National Gallery of Art's collections, and creating a unique identity for the Corcoran School within GW.

At a glance

120,000 SF Renovation

Features

Classrooms

Art Labs

Student Galleries

Faculty and Administration Space

Services

Programming

Architectural Design

Planning

Historic Restoration

Interior Design

Public Involvement