Gallery 64 and The Rubell Museum

Renovation, adaptive reuse, and redevelopment of the historic Randall Junior High School site will create a vibrant arts campus comprising a contemporary art museum complemented by Gallery 64, a new 12-story, mixed-income apartment building in Southwest DC.

Gallery 64 will anchor the reimagined site, with the existing historic school buildings transformed into the Rubell Museum—a world-class contemporary art museum. Constructed in 1906, with two significant wings added in 1927, the Randall Junior High School historically served African American public school students in Southwest Washington, DC. The school’s central building and east wing will be preserved and repurposed for the presentation of internationally renowned paintings, sculptures, photography, and installations. The central building’s lower level will serve as the community’s “cultural living room,” displaying local artists’ work and providing space for public art. The east wing will also include gallery space for large art pieces from the extensive Rubell Family collection. An understated glass addition at the east wing will serve as a new inviting museum entry with a bookstore, café, and outdoor dining terrace that enriches street activity along Eye Street.

Gallery 64’s residences are configured as studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Of the 492 units, 98 are designated affordable. In addition, Gallery 64 includes 19 two-level, townhouse-style residences that will activate the street with increased pedestrian connectivity and visual interest.

Following the redevelopment of the 2.7-acre site, the school’s west wing will house approximately 18,000 SF of office space aimed at variety of potential tenants including nonprofits, cultural institutions, technology incubators, and coworking businesses.

 

Client

Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group/ TSRW

Location

Washington, DC

Size

495,000 SF (492 units)

Completed

Ongoing

People

FAIA
Partner, Director of the DC Office
Partner-in-Charge
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate
LEED AP
Associate
Assoc. AIA
Architectural Designer
Architectural Designer
AIA, LEED Green Associate
AIA, LEED AP BD+C