One Franklin Square

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One Franklin Square
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General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 1301 K Street NW
Washington D.C
United States
Coordinates 38°54′10″N 77°01′50″W / 38.90281°N 77.03051°W / 38.90281; -77.03051Coordinates: 38°54′10″N 77°01′50″W / 38.90281°N 77.03051°W / 38.90281; -77.03051
Completed 1989
Owner Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Management Hines Interests Limited Partnership
Roof 64 m (210 ft)
Top floor 39.6 m (130 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 12
4 basements
Floor area 591,840 sq ft (54,984 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Hartman-Cox Architects
The Dewberry Companies
Developer Prentiss Company

One Franklin Square is a high-rise building at 1301 K Street NW, in Washington, D.C, United States. The 64 m (210 ft), 12-story building was completed in 1989, and is the tallest commercial building and fifth-tallest building in The District.[1] It occupies almost the entire north side of the 1300 block of K Street NW across from Franklin Square.

The building is owned and managed by Hines Interests. It was developed by Prentiss Company and designed by Hartman-Cox Architects and The Dewberry Companies.


The Washington Post moved its headquarters here in late 2015. In 2014, The Post considered moving its headquarters to 1099 14th Street taking two floors in the building. But the building owners and the newspaper could not come to terms, and the Post moved to One Franklin Square instead. The company leased 242,000 square feet (22,500 m2) of space for 16 years on floors four through nine in the west tower and floors seven and eight in the east tower. Hines agreed to an extensive build-out. Only about 10 percent of the space will be private offices, which required extensive demolition of interior walls and the removal of the walls on the seventh and eighth floor in the east tower so they joined with the floors on the west tower. The newly joined space will create two 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) floors capable of accommodating 700 newsroom workers and software engineers. The build-out also will construct four sets for live television filming, a new staircase between the seventh and eighth floors in each tower, and a two-story auditorium on the fourth floor. Hines also agreed to alter the building's south-facing facade to give Post workers floor-to-ceiling windows.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

One Franklin Square is an important setting in the final act of the 2009 Dan Brown novel, The Lost Symbol.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b One Franklin Square at Emporis
  2. ^ "One Franklin Square". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ One Franklin Square at Structurae
  4. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan (September 4, 2015). "Inside the wild ride that landed The Washington Post on K Street". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to One Franklin Square at Wikimedia Commons