An international project

Adolf Cluss, born 1825 in Heilbronn, emigrated to the United States in 1848 during the time of the failed revolution in the German states. Until 1858 he was a member of the Communist League with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. In the years after the American Civil War, he became the most influential architect in Washington, D.C., especially known for his model schools and other public buildings.

Exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and in Heilbronn marked the 100th anniversary of his death. Public events in both Washington and Heilbronn focussed on Adolf Cluss's life and work.

Although the exhibitions have closed and the public events are over in both countries, the Virtual Exhibition continues online, offering information about Adolf Cluss and his impact on the capital city of the United States.

We invite you to learn more about this remarkable architect and his times by visiting the different sections of this website, available via the menus at the TOP and on BOTH SIDES of this home-page.

A joint project of:

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives Washington DC

German Historical Institute Washington DC

Goethe-Institut Washington DC

Historical Society of Washington, Washington DC

Office of Architectural History and Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution Washington DC

Stadtarchiv Heilbronn

Anthony A. Williams, Mayor of the City of Washington, DC, has proclaimed July 2005 through June 2006 as "Adolf Cluss Year".
Earlier this year, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a ceremonial resolution declaring July 2005 as "Adolf Cluss Month".

The Proclamation of the District of Columbia

The Ceremonial Resolution of the Council of the District of Columbia



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