FOR THE PAST 23 YEARS, Michael Franck and Art Lohsen have worked together with a dedicated and talented team of professionals as Franck & Lohsen Architects Inc. creating architecture in the realms of ecclesiastical, residential, university, and urban design.

It has been a source of great joy to have created timeless buildings enjoyed by a wide-range of people — from students to homeowners to worshippers; and fortunate to have wonderful clients who placed their trust and vision in our hands — including the peer recognition of the Arthur Ross Award for our body of work.

This September, Franck & Lohsen Architects, Inc. will transform into two new entities. Michael will assume the helm of residential, hospitality and university commissions with Michael M. Franck Architect LLC. Art will assume the helm of ecclesiastical commissions with Bella Chiesa LLC. and, as always, Michael and Art will continue to work in a collaborative spirit which has been a hallmark of their firm.

We are excited about this next chapter as we continue to create enduring architecture.

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Immaculate Conception

Washington, DC

Built in 1865, this Gothic revival church has seen incredible change both in the building and in the neighborhood. Located in the historic Shaw neighborhood the building was once destined to be absorbed by the new Civic Center or by devoured by the rapid development of the neighborhood. However the perseverance of the congregants at the strong direction of Monsignor James Watkins, this building has been restored to reassert itself as the heart of this newly invigorated neighborhood.

The earthquake of 2011 also was the impetus for this restoration. The tower was strengthened and renovated as was the roof and much of the exterior skin. Already a work of art on the inside with exquisite stained glass and decorative painting, the restoration and updating of colors and the ceiling was a major part of the interior restoration. A series of other restoration efforts and updates to the organ, entry, lighting, seating and facilities all make this glorious old church timeless once again.