An Eye for Style

An Eye for Style

Franklin Square

The renovation of Franklin Square at 1300 Eye Street rejuvenates Phillip Johnson’s post-modernist design with a timeless new brand strategy, the addition of boutique amenities, and an updated entry sequence for the perfect blend of classic and cool.

Point-supported glass walls replace entry doors and heavy bronze grillwork previously set into a deep arcade space that is now recaptured for interior amenities. The new entry is light and open, and anchored by four illuminated canopies designed to draw the eye through the space to reception, while also creating a strong visual connection to Franklin Square Park, the building’s namesake. 

A grand lobby retains the building’s original two-story columns and marble floors, accenting them with padded leather walls and custom artwork. Tucked away behind reception is a new café, offering coffee and snacks for building tenants in a comfortable and welcoming environment. 

Flash of Brilliance

Lighting played a major role throughout the design, both in highlighting the original architecture and lending a soft, yet contrasting modern touch.

As seen in Arch Record

Two new slab openings create a visual and physical connection to the concourse level below featuring a large conference facility, several smaller meeting rooms, and a renovated fitness center. The connection is amplified by two sculptural art pieces, a new monumental stair, and bold fluted columns designed to create the illusion they’re extending directly through the floor. 


Salvaged materials were creatively repurposed throughout the space to retain the building’s history in its next chapter. Marble and stone continue the signature flooring into the new entry, while bronze medallions and grillwork removed from the original exterior canopies find new life as unique decor and privacy screens. 


1300 Eye Street NW
Washington, DC


Nuveen Real Estate


Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Structura, Inc.
Heller Metzger, PC
Jaff Holden
Avison Young




Lifestyle, Office