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Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Kirkland, WA


Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Located in a northwest suburb of Seattle, Washington, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a public elementary school for students in Kindergarten - 6th grade. This new school was constructed in 2005 to replace a 1950's structure that once sat in front of the current building.

Mahlum Architects, the Seattle architecture firm that designed Benjamin Franklin Elementary, specializes in designing educational buildings. As architect Anne Schopf explains, "this was meant to be a building that relates to its neighborhood, to the nearby forest, and to the surrounding natural environment in the Pacific northwest."

The new school includes three clusters of classrooms - one for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2; another for grades 3 and 4; and a third for grades 5 and 6. These classroom clusters create two courtyards surrounded by hallways lined with glass.

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