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Graced with grand windows, intricate ironwork, and lofty ceilings, the landmark Franklin School, home of Planet Word, is a uniquely stunning venue for your most important personal and corporate events. What memories will you create here?

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Planet Word is committed to making our meeting and event space accessible to groups that share our mission to renew and inspire a love of words and language. For more information about reserving low- and no-cost space for your event, please contact the programming department at

If you represent a non-profit organization that serves a different mission, please inquire about our non-profit rental rates.

Featured Spaces

The Bloomberg Philanthropies
Great Hall

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Great Hall is the architectural centerpiece of the Franklin School and Planet Word’s showcase venue both day and night. The 4,800-LED globe that anchors the Spoken World exhibit becomes a stunning chandelier as it rises at the turn of a key up to the towering 22-foot-high ceiling. With fourteen-foot windows overlooking Franklin Square, trompe l’oeil frescoes, and a historic proscenium arch, the elegant, versatile Great Hall is unlike any other event space in Washington.

AV: Programmable chandelier, wireless microphones, built-in speakers, WiFi

The Mansard Room

Original nineteenth-century exposed beams, wood floors, and frescoed walls make this an unforgettable venue for meetings and celebrations of all sorts. Under a soaring mansard roof at the top of the Franklin School, this space can be configured for elegant dinners, performances, meetings, or receptions. The Mansard Room can be combined with the Rooftop Terrace for indoor/outdoor events.

AV: decorative pendant lighting, color tunable cove lighting, 165” LCD video wall w/HDMI, wireless microphones, built-in speakers, WiFi

The Rooftop Terrace

Featuring views north and west across verdant Franklin Square and the rooftops of D.C.’s K Street corridor, the Rooftop Terrace is a gorgeous outdoor venue for pre-dinner cocktails, post-dinner dessert, or a sunset reception. The Rooftop Terrace can be combined with the Mansard Room for indoor/outdoor events.

AV: speakers, WiFi

More Spaces

The AT&T Plaza

Anchored by Speaking Willow, an interactive sculpture from renowned artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the AT&T plaza is a ground-level courtyard oasis just off K Street. The AT&T Plaza can be combined with the Friedman Family Auditorium for pre-performance or post-performance receptions.

AV: speakers, WiFi

The Friedman Family Auditorium

This 150-seat, beautifully appointed auditorium has its own entrance right off the AT&T Plaza. The space includes a dedicated AV booth and a green room.

AV: HD projector, architectural and theatrical lighting, large projection screen,  built-in speakers, WiFi

Welcome Lobby

Our delightful Welcome Lobby makes a flexible gathering place: its welcome desks can double as bars and the glass-enclosed entry vestibule can serve as a check-in area. The space features graceful details like the iconic arches that define the Franklin School, and terrazzo floors embedded with a swirling design of written symbols from the past to the present. The Welcome Lobby can be combined with the AT&T Plaza or the Friedman Family Auditorium for larger events, or can serve as a pre-dinner cocktail space when combined with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Great Hall.

AV: WiFi

Classroom A

This space contains has a craft sink and an easily configured layout. It also contains our interactive Portal, which links to dozens of Portals around the world for immersive, international connections.

AV: WiFi, projector w/HDMI connection

Classroom B

A versatile room with beautiful natural light, a craft sink, and the historic feel of a nineteenth-century schoolroom.

AV: flat screen smart TV w/HDMI connection, WiFi

Lexicon Lane

Mysteries, riddles, and puzzles await in our special game room. Search for clues along Lexicon Lane and crack each case one by one — great for team bonding or solo sleuthing!

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